Property of a deceased's estate 1974 Norton Commando 850 Frame no. 315489 Engine no. 315489
Launched in 1967, the Commando featured an ingenious, vibration-beating 'Isolastic' frame that enabled Norton Villiers to prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. 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. Introduced in 1973, the 850 (actually 829cc) featured a larger-bore, through-bolted cylinder block, stronger gearbox casting and an all-metal clutch among a host of other, more minor improvements. The extra capacity provided the 850 with even more mid-range urge, and the model would continue as the sole Commando after 1975 when the electric-start MkIII was introduced.
This Commando 850 was privately imported by the late owner in 2005 and has been in storage since then undergoing restoration, which, sadly, he was unable to complete. Included in the sale is a quantity of replacement parts, some still in their wrappings, to include two exhaust pipes, three silencers (two new boxed), a dual seat and various other smaller items. Offered for completion and sold strictly as viewed, the machine also comes with C&E Form 386, a Haynes workshop manual, a parts list and a file of bills from recognised specialists.