1972 Norton 745cc Commando Roadster Frame no. 230663 Engine no. 20M3S 230663

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Lot 313
1972 Norton 745cc Commando Roadster
Registration no. MVA 576L Frame no. 230663 Engine no. 20M3S 230663

Sold for £ 6,900 (US$ 8,941) inc. premium
1972 Norton 745cc Commando Roadster
Registration no. MVA 576L
Frame no. 230663
Engine no. 20M3S 230663
The Commando's vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers successfully to prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. Launched in 1967, with production commencing in 1968, the Commando used the preceding Featherbed-framed Atlas model's 750cc engine and AMC gearbox, and was an instant hit with the motorcycling public, being voted Motor Cycle News 'Machine of the Year' for five consecutive years. It might have been a little down in top speed compared to rivals such as BSA-Triumph's 750cc triples and Honda's CB750 four, but the Commando more than made up for this minor deficiency with superior mid-range torque and steadier handling. New variations on the basic theme soon appeared, commencing in 1969 with the addition of the more sporting, though conventionally styled, 'S' version, complete with high-level exhausts. This was followed in 1970 by the Roadster, which was basically the 'S' with a low-level exhaust system.
This Norton Commando 750 Roadster was purchased from a local auction house. Currently displaying a total of 20,593 miles on the odometer, and believed original and un-restored, it requires re-commissioning and would respond well to detailing (the engine turns over). The machine is offered with a V5C Registration Certificate.

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1972 Norton 745cc Commando Roadster Frame no. 230663 Engine no. 20M3S 230663
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