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1971 Norton 745cc Commando Mark III Fastback
Frame no. 138539
Engine no. 20M3S/138539

Designed by engineers Bernard Hooper and Bob Twigg, supervised by Norton Villiers' Director of Engineering, Dr Stefan Bauer, the Commando's vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled the company successfully to prolong the life of its 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. So called because of its streamlined seat cowl, the sole model available initially became the 'Fastback' when the range was extended by the addition of a more sporting, though conventionally styled, 'S' version in 1969.

Currently displaying a total of circa 17,000 kilometres on the odometer, this very nicely presented Commando Fastback was sold new in Italy. The machine comes with its original Italian registration document and the 2012 purchase receipt.

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