Lot 44

1974 Norton Commando 850 Mk IIA

From The Santa Fe Collection

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SOLD $4,620

Estimate

$7,000 - $10,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

Frame No. 315331

Engine

315331

Car Highlights

One of the Most Innovative and Powerful British Motorcycles of the 1970s

A Handsome Example in the Classic Commando Color Scheme of Black with Gold Lettering

Desirable 850 Mk IIA Model Benefiting from Years of Technological Development

Serviced in 2022, Documented by Receipts on File

An Excellent Opportunity to Acquire One of the Most Iconic Motorcycles of All Time

Technical Specs

829 CC OHV Parallel-Twin 4-Stroke Engine

Twin Amal Concentric Carburetors

58 BHP at 6,800 RPM

4-Speed Manual Gearbox

Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes

Front Telescopic Fork Suspension

Rear Swing-Arm Suspension with Twin Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is titled as 850F104697, which is stamped near the manufacturer tag on the frame. Please also note that the engine number listed on the title contains a typographical error; the third to last character of the engine number is listed as a “6”, but is in fact a “5”. Please also note that this vehicle is a 1974, and not 1975 as previously stated in the online description. Please also note this vehicle does not have an electric starter.

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The origins of the Norton Commando can be traced back to the late 1940s when the Model 7 Twin was first launched. The parallel twin-cylinder design evolved into the 650 cc Dominator and 750 cc Atlas before being launched as the 750 cc Commando in 1967. The first model introduced at London’s 1967 Earls Court Show was the unusually styled Commando Fastback, and the model was improved upon until it was discontinued at the end of 1975. The Commando retained Norton’s sturdy and powerful twin-cylinder engine but utilized a new “Isolastic” anti-vibration system, helping isolate the engine from the frame, making for a far smoother and more pleasant riding experience.

The consignor purchased this bike in January 2016 and had OCD Custom Cycles of Santa Fe, New Mexico complete an inspection and perform service work. Service included a fluid flush, new plugs, filters, and fuel lines, the adjustment of the timing and carburetors, and work to the braking system, among other items. Finished in the iconic and handsome Commando color scheme of black with gold lettering, and fitted with the higher capacity interstate fuel tank, this is an attractive example of one of the best riding British motorcycles of the 1970s.

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