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Bonhams 1793 Ltd – Motorcycle dept
101 New Bond Street, London
Tel:  020 8963 2817
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  • £18,000 Auction Estimate
  • 2017
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Price £18,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Norton
Year 2017
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 22-Jul-2020
Ref C1248299
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

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

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.

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)

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.

Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA

ENGINE NO. 501-1678
• Limited Edition No.1 of only 6 produced
• This model was never available to the public
• Unused from new

From Norton's first motorcycle in 1902, a succession of single-cylinder racing and sporting machinery left the factory. The model 7 twin made its debut in 1948 later becoming the Dominator. From the initial capacity of 500cc the parallel twin engines enlarged steadily, ultimately becoming a 750 when the Atlas appeared. In 1968 the 750 Commando was released and after1973 was joined by the new 850 variant. Progressing through several versions, eventually the 850 incorporated an electric start on the Mark III models released in early 1975. Norton produced their very last Commando models in 1978, thereafter supplying the Mark II rotary to police forces. A limited edition of 100 Classic rotaries were released in 1987 in traditional Norton colours. Selling out rapidly, the pressure was on for other machines, and this was eventually fulfilled, after some delays, by the liquid-cooled Commander in 1988. The model lasted until 1992 when internal problems brought a halt to motorcycle production.

The Norton name travelled to the USA in the late-1990s under the ownership of Kenny Dreer of Oregon, who designed a modern take on the old Commando-type engine, and produced a contemporary version of a Norton twin with 961cc capacity. This model was named the 961 Commando, and entered production, theoretically, in 2006, but few were made. However, Dreer and his investors had achieved one important thing, apart from the new design, and that was to bring the question of the Norton name ownership to an end by consolidating the various claims to it. This left the field clear for Stuart Garner to purchase Norton in 2008 and, with the rights to produce and the new design, with some modifications production was started in 2010. Initial production of the Commando 961 continued as Norton worked towards improving the design, and several limited editions appeared with the traditional Norton model names, such as Dominator. Offered here is one such limited edition, although this is one of the more exclusive ones, as only six were made, and they were never available for dealers, or the public, to buy. Instead, this edition of the Dominator was for 'Friends' of the factory only, either sponsors, suppliers, or, as in this case, close neighbours of the factory. This was number 1 of this model to be released, and comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Stuart Garner. The bike has never been used or started, but kept in dry garage storage from new.

Documentation comprises the aforementioned letter from Stuart Garner together with the machine's handbook and service booklet in the original service pack. This bike is in
'as new', unused condition, and the new owner, should he wish to use it, will need to execute basic checks prior to use, and carry out running-in, according to the maker's instructions.

£18,000 - 20,000
€20,000 - 22,000

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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