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1972 NORTON 745CC COMMANDO ROADSTER (LOT 433) SOLD by Auction

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  • £6,500 Auction Estimate
  • 1972
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Price £6,500 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Norton
Model COMMANDO ROADSTER
Year 1972
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 22-Jul-2020
Ref C1248298
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


1972 NORTON 745CC COMMANDO ROADSTER (LOT 433)
REGISTRATION NO. KAF 648L
FRAME NO. 235116
ENGINE NO. 235116
• Restored and extensively upgraded in 2010
• Only circa 1,500 miles since completion
• Excellent condition

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 restored and upgraded in 2010 and has covered only 1,500 miles since completion, being kept in a dry garage and well looked after. Full details of this most comprehensive restoration are on file together with related bills (inspection recommended). Importantly, one of the most significant upgrades made to the engine during the rebuild was the relocation of the oil scavenge pickup to the back of the crankcases (where it had been prior to 1972 and would be from 1973 onwards) thereby fixing the cause of many engine failures on '72 Commandos. In addition to the engine rebuild, the gearbox was overhauled and a new sleeve gear main bearing and up-rated layshaft roller bearing; the wheels rebuilt with new bearings; the front brake upgraded with a Norvil floating disc and AP Racing calliper; and a new wiring harness installed. New parts fitted are far too numerous to list here (on file) while other noteworthy features include a Suzuki 600 brake master cylinder and a Corbin gel seat (new standard seat included). Run last summer and described by the private vendor as in excellent condition, though needing a new battery, this well sorted and much improved Commando Roadster is offered with a Norvil Motorcycle Company dating certificate; some expired MoTs; a V5C document; technical details of the crankcase conversion; and the aforementioned restoration records.

£6,500 - 8,500
€7,300 - 9,500

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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