1974 Norton 850 Commando Roadster MkII

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  • Very original and characterful Roadster
  • Early MkII retaining classic Roadster features
  • Usefully MOT’d to May 2025 with no advisories 
  • Matching numbers bike in good running order 
  • One long term keeper since 2015 

The Appeal 

The Commando had a bold name, but it was fully deserved: this was a powerful, comfortable high performance bike. It became beloved by buyers on both sides of the Atlantic and is a key reason why British bikes of the ‘60s are so highly regarded. 
Many went Stateside, but have now been repatriated to sate home market demand for these perennially popular racers. This is one if them, a very original MkII with great lightly aged character. It is the popular Roadster version and retains its factory features. 
The long term keeper has used it sparingly but kept on top of the maintenance and the checks. Although MOT exempt he has had it regularly tested, giving the buyer a useful independent reference point for condition. SInce 2015 there have been no advisories and regular passes.
Reported to be in great running order and with MOT to May 2025, this is a great opportunity for classic bike enthusiasts. 

The History and Paperwork

  • 1974 bike apparently first registered in USA
  • Chassis records show this is the 276th 850 MkII built in first couple of months of 1974
  • Matching numbers engine and frame 
  • First UK registered 1st January 2015
  • For transparency HPI records note a previous UK registration in June 1984 which may be an error 
  • One registered keeper since arriving in the UK 
  • Certificate of Title from Illinois dated 1999
  • MOT records indicate it has only covered around 100 miles since arriving in the UK 
  • Regularly MOT’d since arriving with continuous passes and no MOTs
  • Current MOT to 29th May 2025 with 7,667 miles showing and no advisories
  • Historic Vehicle which is MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt 

The Condition

  • Classic Roadster in very good and apparently original condition 
  • Retains its factory Roadster features including the upturned exhausts
  • Black paintwork in great order with original decals 
  • Buyers should expect some age related patina due to originality 
  • Chromework bright and well kept with some age-related pitting to be aware of
  • Norton branded saddle showing light wear to Norton decal 
  • Classic Norton ‘green dot’ dials in good, clear undamaged condition 

The Mechanics 

  • 828cc 58bhp air cooled OHV parallel twin 
  • 4spd chain drive gearbox 
  • Very sparing use since arriving in the UK in 2015
  • New premier Amal carburettor
  • Boyer electronic ignition and recent gel battery fitted 
  • Reported to be in good running order with no reported issues 
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on latest MOT 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make Norton
  • Model Commando 850
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 7,667 Miles
  • Engine size 828
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Wallingford
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
7 bids from 5 bidders
  • clay.fr•••• £3,200 20/06/24
  • roger.b•••• £3,000 19/06/24
  • chris-h•••• £2,500 19/06/24
  • clay.fr•••• £2,000 19/06/24
  • Yann El•••• £1,500 19/06/24
  • roy-orr £1,000 19/06/24
  • Yann El•••• £500 19/06/24

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