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1970 Norton Commando Roadster

1970 Norton

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Aug 27, 2014
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VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 135641
Year: 1970 Exterior Color: Black
Make: Norton Engine Size (cc): 750
Mileage: 18,326 Vehicle Title: Clear

Offered for auction is this very early Norton Commando Roadster. This machine predates the more common "Mark" series of Roadster, and it was only offered for 6 months in  1970. It was based on the stylish Norton Commando "S", and it features the halo headlight, larger side covers, curved chrome chain guard, and the early style seat of the "S", in addition to the new lower exhaust system. The engine, frame, and trans serial numbers on this bike are all matching, along with the title -  which is ready to transfer to the new owner. The bike appears to be one of the first few hundred Roadsters made, based on the start of production at serial number 135140.


This machine was Canary Yellow when it was delivered from the factory, but years ago someone did a very professional black paint job on it to cover it over.  You can still see the original yellow color showing through on the back of the side covers however. I always liked the Canary Yellow color, and I had planned to restore it that way when I did it over. I've included a photo of an original period "Norton Girl" ad that shows one of these early Roadsters in yellow. As the ad says:  Beautiful....


This bike has been sitting in my collection for about 3 years now, but when I got it it was a running and riding bike with no known issues other than the somewhat ratty wiring harness that was on it, and the one stripped exhaust pipe clamp thread  - both of which will need to be sorted out. This bike would be an easy Winter overhaul for someone who is looking for a very rare early model Roadster that will really stand out from the crowd.


Even back in the early 1970s when I started riding, Nortons were always thin on the ground as compared to Triumphs and BSAs. Despite this fact, as a collector bike, prices have been very stable for a long time now. But in the last year or two I've seen more and more Norton Commandos selling well over $10k, and this has been raising the prices on all unrestored bikes & everyday riders. So if you are thinking about adding a Norton to your collection, now would be a good time. 


Please ask all questions prior to bidding. Overseas sales are no problem, but I cannot help with any shipping estimates. Payment must be received within one week of auction end, and the bike must be picked up/shipped within one month of auction end. Personal checks are OK, but this will delay pickup/shipment. Sorry but the bike does not move before the payment is here, no exceptions. Good luck!

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Item Location:Burgess, Virginia, United States
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