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Norton Commando
Identification

Updated 04/26/21

Norton Commando
Survey

Updated 09/16/21

Norton Commando
Torque

Updated 07/24/21

Special Parts
Updated 05/18/21

cNw Special
Updated 05/02/21

Norton US License
Plate Brackets


Norton Wiring
Updated 02/28/21

Used Parts For Sale
Updated 09/13/20

Norton Wiring Diagrams
Updated 02/28/21

Norton Rear
Wheel Lacing

Updated 03/02/19

Norton Front
Wheel Lacing

Updated 09/13/20

1972 Customer
Combat Build

Updated 09/13/21

1972 Customer
Combat Rebuild

Finished 9/7/2020

1974 Norton 850
Commando Rebuild

Sold 1/12/21 Updated 06/10/21

1974 Norton Wiring
Updated 08/24/21

1972 Norton 750
Commando Rebuild

Completed 5/15/19
First Place Norton 5/16/19
Sold 1/1/20


1972 Norton Wiring
Updated 09/06/20

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This page is the result of an on-going survey of Norton Commandos.  The idea it to understand better the history of he Commando as it related to the numbers made and some of the changes over the years. It is not always possible to know if bikes are original and often they have been changed, sometimes radically from how they were made.  Generally, the Notes column tries to make what is known and what isn't clear.

Please write me at marshg@gregmarsh.com is you have any info to share and if you have a factory record, please send a copy!

Frame Numbering:

Norton frames were initially made by Reynolds (British Company) and later by Verlicchi (Italian company).

There is sometimes confusion over "frame numbers" on Commandos. The red metal plate attached to the headstock with hammer drive screws is called a Certification Label. It normally contains the bike's serial number (engine/gearbox number) and a date (Month and Year). 850s have that and they have a number stamped into the metal on the side of the head stock - that is the frame number. 750s after 1968 have no frame number.

There are four types of 850 frame numbers. They all have a special character intermixed which is similar to Norton Frame Symbol:
 
    Norton Frame Symbol850Norton Frame SymbolxxxxxxNorton Frame Symbol     Pre-MKIII Reynolds frame - xxxxxx matches the engine number (This may or may not be true.  I've been told this, but have no proof and have never seen one to check)
    Norton Frame Symbol850Norton Frame SymbolF1xxxxxNorton Frame Symbol     Pre-MKIII Verlicchi frame - xxxxx does not match the engine number
    Norton Frame Symbol850Norton Frame SymbolF125001Norton Frame Symbol     When Norton started building the MKIII the frame number started at 125001 and then went sequentially (more or less) from there until Apr/May 1975
    Norton Frame Symbol850Norton Frame SymbolxxxxxxNorton Frame Symbol     MKIII from Apr/May - the F was eliminated and xxxxxx matched the engine number


This info below is not verified and if you have anything to dispute, change, or back it up, I would like to hear it:
  • It appears that most 850 frames were made by Verlicchi, but possibly up to 100/week were made by Reynolds for some period of time
  • Supposedly if there was a problem with a Verlicchi frame, Reynolds would fix it
  • In general, Reynolds used imperial sized tubing (1” & 2.25”) and Verlicchi used metric sized tubing (25mm & 60mm)
    • However there are frames with a mix of the two
    • One theory is that Reynolds fixed Verlicchi frames using imperial tubes.
  • I've been told that for 850s:
    • Reynolds stamped the frame number on the drive-side of the headstock and Verlicchi on the timing-side.
    • I've also been told that the Reynolds number would match the engine.
    • Until now, I've never seen one on the drive-side - see 304987 below.  More investigating needs to be done.  There is no number on the right and the number on the left does not match the engine and the owner says that the bike has never been apart.  Also, the number on the frame only has five digits.
Survey Results: Info on 274 Commandos found so far


Serial
Label
Date

Frame

Head

Notes
124678N/ASeen on eBay 7/24/21. Mag wheels, right shift, rear disc brake on right, number mach unknown
126876N/AMore info coming. The bike is mostly original and is currently being freshened up
127242-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine and matching gearbox cases seen on eBay 10/22/20, no title.
128231N/AOwner says: I bought this bike about 25 years ago. It still has the widow maker frame and the frame number is stamped on the left side of the headstock. Timing side tach drive, points distributor where the mag goes, has the plastic Norton Villers round tank badges and it still has the Atlas style mufflers on it.;
128336Sep 68N/AFrom factory record: Berliner - No colour info, presumably because they were only silver at this time?
128372N/ASilver/Sapphire Blue
130823Feb 69N/AIn NZ today.
1308xxFeb 69N/A
131183N/AOwner says: The fuel tank on this is shaped like a Fastback fuel tank but it has extensions on each side that stick out maybe 2 inchs that follow the lines of the tank, I don’t know if this was done to increase the capacity or if someone got creative with the fiberglass or what I’ve never seen a FB tank like this one before .
131286Mar 69N/ACertification Label shows Mar 1969 with build location London. Andover Norton supplied a despatch copy showing build date Mar 12, 1969 shipped to Norton Villiers in California on Mar 19, 1969.
132218Arp 69N/A"S" Model. Engine and Cert label match, gerbox doesn't. Mostly used for show.
133040Jun 69N/ABought on eBay by a customer of mine 8/21/21. Matching numbers , Black Roadster, runner. Being shipped to me for sorting out.
133096N/AActual engine number: 20M3S 133096, was originally a S type Commando despatched from the factory 16th June 1969 to Los Angeles, CA
133926UnknownN/ARolling black café racer project sold on eBay. Engine/Gearbox match but not the frame. Certification Label has 312189 and Dec 73. So, actally 133926 is RIP and the engine/gearbox for 312189 is unknown.
133941N/AActual engine number: 20M3S 133941, was originally a S type Commando despatched from the factory 14th August 1969 to New York, NY. This bike is probably RIP as it's gearbox in in 133096
133967-----N/A-----Parted out - Matching frame and engine cases seen on eBay, gearbox cases not included, no title
133979N/ABlack Roadster seen on eBay 6/6/21 in nice condition
134147Oct 69N/AActual engine number: 20M3S 134147., Black 750 Commando Roadster. Bought in Philadelphia Pa, Unknown linage partial chopper not running Engine and trans match, to many parts missing to rebuild original. Redone myself into flat tracker – street tracker. All matching numbers, Bike is alive and well residing in my garage Pennsylvania
134673N/AS Type 750 Commando
135014May 70N/AFrom factory record: Green 'S' type Elite Motors London
135652May 70N/ARoadster
136349See NotesN/AOwner says:that the Certificaiton Label has the whole word “APRIL” stamped along one edge (looks original), assume April 1970 build, bike has been owned by my late uncle since 1978, has 13,000 original miles. Black Roadster, matching numbers. At some point, the oil tank, air cleaner back plate, battery tray, and side covers have been replaced with ’71-later ones. I inherited the bike, and I am restoring it to road worthy condition. Colour will be changed to yellow, although the original black body work will be preserved. I am the third owner.;
137198N/ABlack Roadster delivered May 22, 1970 to Gus Kuhn, London. Now in Germany, rebuilt from a basket case, currently with "S" type exhausts, "halo" and Royal Blue Fireflake.
138426N/AOriginally a Roadster, now custom built café racer (3 different genres) Silver Manx colors, matching numbers
139211N/AOriginally as Roadster, sold as a red rolling café racer project, matching numbers
139242N/ARoadster, matching numbers
139507Sep 70N/AFrom factory record: - Purple Roadster US - Berliner
140037-----N/A-----Parted out - Bottom end seen on eBay
140156Mar 71N/A
140915Nov 70N/AFrom factory record: - Purple Roadster US - Berliner
141048NoneN/AFull engine number 20M3S141048. See 220181. This engine in in that frame.
141548N/ASeen on eBay 10/3/20: Norton Commando Roadster. Engine and frame number 141548, matching. A Roadster model dispatched from the factory on December 15, 1970 to agent/dealership Europacar, USA. No title.
141622N/ASold as a black rolling chopper (heavily modified frame), matching numbers
141806Oct 70N/AOriginal model unknown
142215-----N/A-----Parted out- Engine cases seen on eBay
142572Jan 71N/AMatching numbers. "Came to me as a Roadster, completely restored and on the road"
142576N/ASeen on eBay 11/5/20 for sale as a running biker, matching numbers, basically stock.
142787-----N/A-----Parted out- Engine cases seen on eBay 6/15/21
143940Mar 71N/AOriginal model unknown
143958Mar 71N/ARed Fastback on the road.
145253Mar 71N/AThe factory record has no headers so it's difficult to know for sure what each column means. It shows that the bike was sent to NVC, Long Beach, CA and it was yellow. It lists two dates 4-5-71 and 7-4-71. I suspect that it means it was finished April 7, 1971 and shipped May 4, 1971. It also lists "S-S". The current owner bought the bike in 1974 and by then it was a black Roadster. It has matching numbers.
145322N/AThis bike is RIP. It was parted out and some parts used for 204375
145647-----N/A-----Parted out - Bottom end seen on eBay
146219-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay
148406Jul 71N/AFrom factory record: - Interpol (Liverpool Police!)
149378Sep 71N/A-----Parted out- Frame seen on eBay with title, 10/22/20 (the serial and MoYr are from the cerificaiton lable);
151040N/ASeen on eBay 7/24/21,Project, Drum Front Brake,
151159N/AActual engine number: 20M3S 151159, NOC Record shows: Build Date: 23 Sep 71; Model: Roadster, Dispatch Date: 30 Sep 71 to Harry Firth, Danforth Street, Toronto
151890Sep 71N/AActual engine number: 20M3S 151890,
152647N/ASeen on eBay 8/21/21. Not sure about numbers. The Certificaiotn Label shows 152647 but engine/gearbox not shown or stated. States that is a 72 but that is probably wrong unless the engine number is higher.
152920Dec 71N/AOriginal model unknown
200623N/AAccording to the factory record, this was the 1st built on Dec 9, 1971 and it was a blue roadster. It was sent to Challenge Motors, Barcelona Spain Nov 21, 1972
200918Aug 72N/AThe machine was a white tanked Interpol and was sold to Leicestershire police by Roy Hamblin Ltd. The machine is now a Roman Purple metallic tanked Roadster
200937N/AWhite police Interpol bike. 1 of 2 supplied to Leicestershire Police, UK in Sept 1972. No month on the certification label. Fitted with disc brake. Now in Interstate trim and red/white. Number is in the VMCC records, but entry is blank.
201012N/AScratch rebuild of an original combat to a yellow replica production racer, matching numbers
201123Oct 71N/ACombat
201251Dec 71N/ARH3According to the factory record, this was the 25th built on Jan 4, 1972 and it was yellow. It was wrecked in the 1974 and rebuilt using parts from 209458 as a black Roadster. I restored and sold it Jan 1, 2020. Matching numbers. Rebuild Story
201664Dec 71N/A
201881Dec 71N/ACombat, NOC factory records project showed Dec 1971 build and shipment.
202093Jan 72N/AYellow Combat Roadster. Purchased new in England from Comerfords in Thames-Ditton in June of 1972. His college room mate bought a 1971 leftover black one at the same time and they put on about 1000 miles riding around England. The crank bearings went at 4700 miles and the US dealer and Berliner would not warranty it because it wasn't bought in the US.
202206Dec 71N/A
202322Dec 71N/ARH3Owner says: Factory Combat (head stamped with C in the centre), originally a black Interstate, changed to mostly Fastback bodywork, polished aluminum tank, retained Interstate side covers. Matching numbers. Restored, custom paint (title still lists it as black) many updates, fitted with Alton Electric Start in summer of 2020. I am the second owner, I knew the original owner.;
203143Jan 72N/A
203739N/ASeen on eBay 11/5/20 for sale as a running chopper, matching numbers. Springer front end.
204157-----N/A-----According to the factory record, this was the 14th built on Mar 10, 1972 and it was a purple roadster.
204161-----N/A-----According to the factory record, this was the 10th built on Mar 10, 1972 and it was a black roadster.
204167-----N/A-----According to the factory record, this was the 12th built on Mar 10, 1972 and it was a purple roadster.
204346-----N/A-----According to the factory record, this was the 1st built on Mar 11, 1972 and it was a black roadster.
204375Feb 72N/ARH3According to the factory record, this was the 43rd built on Mar 10, 1972 and it was a black roadster.
204428-----N/A-----According to the factory record, this was the 2nd built on Mar 11, 1972 and it was a black roadster.
204511-----N/A-----According to the factory record, this was the 29th built on Mar 10, 1972 and it was a black roadster.
204667-----N/A-----According to the factory record, this was the 10th built on Mar 10, 1972 and it was a purple roadster.
206163-----N/A-----Probably RIP - see 209788 which has this gearbox.
206276See NotesN/ARH3Owner says: Matching numbers Roadster Combat, bought in 1978. To the right and below the serial number, the Certification Label is stamped "PR". I was told it sold new in Germany (kilometer speedo). I asked Brian Slark about it years ago, he suggested it was likely a production racer that was changed at the factory. The date field on the Certifcation Label is blank.
206344Apr 72N/A
206556-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay
206710See NotesN/ARH3Combat, matching numbers. Owner said: The only other info is the 1972 date stamped upside down in the lower right corner and it is a steel tank roadster. I bought it as a rusty bucket of junk in one piece in 2003. it showed 21,000 on the odometer and I have another 50K after the rebuild.
207219N/A-All original, unrestored, 1972 Norton 750 Interstate Commando, Blue, seen on eBay 9/25/2020;
207384Apr 72N/A
208192N/AOwner says: I’m in Australia. I have a 72 750 non-combat, currently a roadster, black and gold, Engine number 208192, no certification label. It’s likely to have been a USA import to Australia 10 + years ago.
208276Jul 72N/ABronze Combat Roadster (US re-import to UK, no record available)
208506N/ASeen on eBay 12/9/20 for sale as a fully restored cafe racer style yellow Combat with matching numbers.
208747N/ASeen on eBay 11/5/20 for sale as a running origianl paint black Roadster Comnbat, matching numbers.
209310N/ARH3Purple Combat refurbished to running, matching numbers
209338N/AComplete café racer build from an original Combat, alloy bodywork, matching numbers
209458UnknownN/ARH3This bike is RIP. It was used to rebuild 201251 when it was wrecked in 1974. It was a black Roadster.
209530Jul 72N/ABlack Combat Interstate
209788Jul 72N/ACurrently a yellow Roadster Combat with many upgrades. Unknown what it was originally. Gearbox: 206163, Registered as 73
209906N/ASeen on eBay 8/6/21. Red Roadster, mathing numbers, mostly original
210414N/ARestoration of an existing black café racer, Combat, matching numbers.
210477-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay
211223Aug 72N/AMatching numbers. "Texas has titled this as a 73, may have been a holdover sale. Came to me as a roadster, has some unusual features, superblends which looked factory original, original standard cam, regular compression head not stamped, definitely not a Combat head, 32mm ports on head and 32mm carbs, disc brake, must be one of the post Combat 750's, completely restored and on the road"
212315-----N/A-----This gearbox was purchased seperate from a bike.
212375-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay 12/19/20, 3/19/21
212451Nov 72N/AHas a "C" head
212515-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay 12/19/20, 3/19/21
220181Nov 72N/ASerial and Date from Cetrification Label, currently has engine 20M3S141048
220242N/ACases seen on Access Norton 10/15/20.
220460Jan 73N/A
220635Jan 73N/ARH6Last Registered in NC Oct 92, 21,121 original miles, runs, "Fairly certain the head & cylinder have never been split."
2208xxNov 72N/A
221188-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay
221221Jan 73N/ARoadster
2212xxNov 72N/A
221445N/ABasket case black rolling project, Combat, sold on eBay, matching numbers.
221504Seen on Bring a Trailor 8.18.21. Blue matching numbers Roadster, no tank stripes and no big flakes.
230615N/ARH5
235016N/AFrom AccessNorton - SYX 167M - Hi-Rider 745cc registered to Norton Villiers Europe - 01/Feb/1974
235017Feb 73N/A-----From AccessNorton - 2/73, 750 (Hi-Rider?)
235035Jan 73N/A-----From AccessNorton - 1/73, 750 (Roadster) [Added 8/12. Seen on Aus ebay]
235036-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/73, 750 (Roadster, drum ft. br.) [Added 1/13. Seen UK ebay Canadian re-import]
235056-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - Gearbox only
235113N/ADrum Brakes
235118-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/73 750 (Re: NOC forum) (crankcase and other engine parts seen on UK ebay 12/2012)
235138Feb 73N/A-----From AccessNorton - 2/73 750 (Hi-Hider?)
235142-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - OGT 474L - Hi-Rider 745cc registered to Norton Villiers Europe - 11/Jul/1973
235146-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/73 750 (Hi-Rider?)
235155-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - SYX 157M - Hi-Rider 745cc registered to Norton Villiers Europe - 01/Sep/1973
235196-----N/A-----Serial number is from a gearbox, see 313739
23519x-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/73 750 (Possible Hi-Rider?)
235224-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/73 750 (Hi-Rider converted to Roadster)
235234Jan 73N/A-----From AccessNorton - 1/73 750 (Re: NOC forum)
235237-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/73 750
235280-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/73 750 (Hi-Rider)
235328-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - PTF 851M - Hi-Rider 745cc - Black - registered to Sports Motorcycles - 01/Sep/1973
235387-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - SYV 362M - Hi-Rider 745cc registered to Norton Villiers Europe - 01/Aug/1973
235399-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - SYV 363M - Hi-Rider 745cc registered to Norton Villiers Europe - 01/Aug/1973
235416-----N/A-----Parted out - Engine lower end seen on eBay
235430-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/?? 750 (Re: NOC forum 1/13)
235435-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - SYX 158M - Hi-Rider 745cc registered to Norton Villiers Europe - 01/Sep/1973
23553x-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/74 850 (Roadster)
235565Apr 74N/A-----From AccessNorton - 4/74 850 (Roadster)
235576-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - 750 Short stroke engine
235638-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - ?/74 850 (Roadster 2A)
235713-----N/A-----From AccessNorton - 750 Short stroke engine (72/73 750 crankcase?)
300107Apr 73RH4
300125Dec 72Seen on Bring a Trailor 8.18.21. Black matching numbers Roadster.
300321Seen on eBay for sale 10/15/20. Modified to be a cafe racer.;
300376Feb 73
300410Jun 73850F100794Titled cases, matching gearbox and certification label. The frame 850F100794 from 307542 was used to build this bike.
300966Seen on eBay for sale 6/6/21 as a frame, engine cases, and title.
301670Mar 73NoneRH4Currently an Interstate in AU. All matching numbers.; The frame has no number stamped in the headstock.
3017xxRH4
301851Mar 73Seeen on eBay 11/30/20. Blue Roadster. According to the listing iti is all original with 3900 miles. Running Video
302598Refurbished black Interstate, matching numbers
302779---------------This gearbox was purchased seperate from a bike.
303024-----N/ARH4Engine in boxes, no title
303303RH4Interesting bike! The original owner bought the bike Sep 28, 1973 while he was in the service stationed in Germany through Paul Dunstall Organization Ltd Well Hall Rd London and according to the sales receipt was shipped to Merrel Barracks Nurnberg Germany. The bike originally had some Dunstall accessories most of which the current owner still has but not on the bike. He also has the original sales documentation from Dunstall. The original receipt says: "Dunstall Norton Mk. 1"
303xxxMay 73
304561May 73RH4Matching numbers. Original MK1 Roadster with silver barrels, balanced exhaust, and "hamcan" air cleaner.
304800---------------From Andover Norton's "The Source". Factory record says: Batch: 1209C,(batch of 90), Interstate, Market: UK, Color: Black, Date off Track: Jun 7, 73, Date Passed Test: Jun 8, 73, Date Despatched: Jun 15, 73. This is an Andover Norton bike that has been used in their shop to check parts fit and is being rebuilt now as a shop bike.
304825---------------This gearbox was purchased seperate from a bike.
304987Jun 73See NotesMatching numbers. This bike has no number on the right side of the headstock but has 00109 on the left side. Maybe a Renolds frame?
305713---------------Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay
305740Seen on eBay 7/23/21. Engine, Certifcaiotn Label and title match. Gearbox changed,
305833Owner says: "Purchased from Pokes Cycle Co in Seattle 3/7/74. (I have the original bill of sale )"
306028jUL 73See Notes1974 Metal flake blue 850 Commando High Rider, now in Roadster trim. All original except handle bars and sea.t. Bought from second owner in North Wales Pennsylvania, original owner also lived in North Wales. 4900 miles All matching numbers. No frame number on timing side of neck. Drive side has 00116. Very strange. All 850s should have a number on the timing side. I wonder if it had a dealer frame change.
307094Sep 73RH4Certification label date odd when considering serial numbers around this one. MK2A first registered in the UK Jul 74, Black barrel, black box air filter, balance pipe with split collets, long swingarm bushes, no chain guard extension, black Roadster. Important: The NOC says MK2A - see the "Important Note" on the Commando ID page - this serial is supposedly too low for a MK2 or MK2A! This serial must have hung around the factory for a long time. Also, the head is right for the serial but wrong for the date.
307241May 73RH4Certifcation label date odd when considering serial numbers around this one.
307383Aug 73As of Sep 2020 this bike is being rebuilt. Matching numbers.
307522Aug 73RH10Pre-MKIII swingarm, Blue,
307542Aug 73850F100794RH10This bike is RIP. It was used to rebuild 320691, some of its parts are available for sale. See Rebuild Story and Parts.Also see 300410, the frame was used to rebuild that bike.
307564Aug 73RH4RH4 seems wrong for the head. The date matches the serial and MK2/MK2A so RH10 head is expected
3077xxSep 73RH10
307844Aug 73
307907Sep 73RH10Fromn Craiglist 8/21/21 Good condition, numbers matching, Disco Ball blue, Tri-Spark, cNw oil tank mod. 19" front, 18" rear.
308016Sep 73850F101407Red 850 Roadster shipped to the states.
308372Sep 73850F102807RH10First registered in the UK 22 May 74; Balanced exhaust pipes, with black cap silencers; 32mm carbs; Chainguard with the extra black piece on the end
308401Sep 73Candy Apple MK2A Roadster
308408Sep 73MK2A imported for the US to NZ. Unknown wether origially in US.
308719Oct 73850F103056RH10Owner's Comments: I bought Locally. Women said it was a “barn find” that she bought but after a year didn't realize what a British bike entailed – she has three BMWs and is an avid cyclist. Bike was running good but otherwise very rough – but all original. I am almost complete in renovation – small mods, but keeping all original parts I replaced if next buyer is OCD about originality
308743Sep 73RH10
3087xxSep 73RH10
308968Unk850F1xxxxxxOwner says: Unfortunately, when I got the bike, the original plate had been removed for powder coating and didn’t come with the bike. I sent away for the plate and had the number stamped in it. I do have the registration that states it was first registered in May/1974 so I know it was built before that date. Due to powdercoat, cannot read the last 6 of the frame number.
309257---------------Seen on eBay 4/18/21 for sale. Red Roadster. Matching numbers.
309593Nov 73N/AMatching numbers. Original model unknown, no head installed when current owner purchased the bike, now a Roadster, completely restored and on the road
309643Oct 73RH10
309647Oct 73
310005Nov 73
310311Nov 73850F104741RH10MK2A purchased in Scotland and then imported to PA, USA. It was converted to a cafe racer, converted back, ridden to CA, converted to a cafe racer, converted back, ridden to PA and sold to the second owner in 1976. Never restored, engine/gearbox never apart.
31041*Nov 73
3104xxJan 74Certifcation label date odd when considering serial numbers around this one.
3104xxNov 73
310528Nov 73RH10
310656Nov 73850F104081Black Roadster, original tank and side covers paint, originally delivered to PA, USA, now in Queensland, AU. All matching numbers. Registered as a 73, but really should be 74.
310878Nov 73RH10
311005Dec 73First registered May 74.
311032Dec 73850F105226RH10Candy apple red; Low UK handle bars that look like original and match 06-4132 specs. All A model items in place (Plastic air box.L/H side cover and battery tray ,2nd gear etc);Reinforced top shock mount (inner plate);Balanced header pipes (but might be non original);Early style wide bush swing arm; Rear brake plate with non external adjustment and non cut out chain guard; Square pattern seat with (looks) silver font; Non painted engine cases and RH10 cylinder head; Inner primary cover with a cone on the sliding disc
311188Dec 73RH10
311622---------------Parted out - Matching Engine and Gearbox cases seen on eBay
311981Dec 73Still wearing original "Fireflake Royal Blue" paint
312358Running bike seen o eBay 6/6/21.
312431---------------Parted out - I have the complete engine with a RH4 head, Not sure if I'll use that head or another.
312573Feb 74850F106829RH10Original Paint Red Roadster MK2, matching numbers
313518---------------Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay
313727Mar 74This is a running bike.
313739Apr 74See NotesThis ia a bitsa. It is currently a black, 750 Roadster. The certificaiton label has been re-made and says APRIL 1974 (should not be spelled out). The cylinders and head are 750 but the bottom end is 850. The frame has no number on the headstock so the frame is likely a 750 frame. The gearbox is 235196 so in the special 73 serial range. Government documentation has 313739 but no mention of the engine size- just says Commando for model. It has 932 carbs and no visible head number. From the gap between the cylinders and head I suspect a Combat or high-complession 73 750. My assumption is that 313739 was crashed and 235196 was used to rebuild it.
314193Apr 74RH10MK2; MKIII style short swingarm bushes with Welch plugs, slotted chain guard
314587---------------This bike is RIP. It was parted out and some parts used for 204375
314626All origianl Royal Blue Roadster, matching numbers, seen on eBay 9/25/2020;
314828Apr 74
315114May 74RH10
315835---------------Parted out - Engine cases seen on eBay 12/19/20.
31604xJun 74RH10
316258Black Interstate, seen on eBay 10/10/20 listed as a 750 but is clearly an 850. Seller states it is matching numbers. Has CNW electric start and other modifications.; Seen again in eBay 12/9/20 now listed as an 850.
316385Jun 74
316436Refurbished black Interstate, matching numbers
316474Jun 74This is a running bike.
316544Jun 74
31661xJun 74RH10
316716Jun 74
316984John Player Norton, restored to original spec, sold in 2018, matching numbers
317225Jul 74850F108494This is a running bike.
317343Jul 74
317848---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317849---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317850---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317851---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317852---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317853---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317854---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317855---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317856---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317857---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317858---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317859---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317860---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317861---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317862---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317863---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317864---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317865---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317866---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317867---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317868---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317869---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317870---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317871---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317872---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317873---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317874---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317875---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317876---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317877---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317878RH10From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
317879---------------From the factory record. Model: MK2, Date Build: 15 Jul 1974, Date Despatched: 15 Jul 1974 (Strange for build and despatched date to be the same)
319416Aug 74850F107384RH10
319478Aug 74This is a running bike.
319523Aug 74850F113499RH10Owner's Notes: Candy apple red, original paint, Roadster, matching numbers. Overall, the bike appears to be somewhat unmolested. During the cleaning, detainling light refurbish, and service of the bike, I came across several, of what I believe are date codes. The letter “D” shows in many places, and I'm assuming and guessing it represents 1974 – just speculating
319532Aug 74RH10
320691Aug 74850F114572RH10According to the factory record: Batch No.: 64A, Frame No.: 114572, Date Off Track: 23 Oct 74, Date Passed Test: 5 Nov 74, Date Packed: 11 Nov 74, Date Despatched: 26 Nov 74 to USA, Color: Black. Rebuilt to stock and sold, then upgraded with cNw e-start,. Rebuild Story
320768850F113633According to the factory record: Batch No.: 13, Frame No.: 113633, Date Off Track: 24 Oct 74, Date Passed Test: 25 Oct 74, Date Packed: 28 Oct 74, Date Despatched: 5 Nov 74 to NTI, Color: F/S
320769850F113482According to the factory record: Batch No.: 13, Frame No.: 113482, Date Off Track: 24 Oct 74, Date Passed Test: 24 Oct 74, Date Packed: 28 Oct 74, Date Despatched: 2 Nov 74 to NTI, Color: F/S
320774850F113616Probably a MK2A. Bike is in NZ, recently imported from Samoa. May have originally been in NZ.
325056Originally a High Rider, rebuilt to black café racer, matching numbers
325951Dec 74850F126185Red Roadster, peashoorters, crossover pipes, no plastic airbox. Paint may be original.
326042Dec 74850F1251931975 Black 850 Commando MkIII Bought in Florida from a Harris possible first owner 1/2 redo not running when purchased. 11,750 miles. All matching numbers From my limited knowledge with the exception on starter motor it’s original, running and residing in my garage Pennsylvania
326168Dec 74
326271---------------Seen on eBay 4/18/21 for sale. Black Roadster. eBay description: 1975 Norton 850 Commando electric start, in a rare condition, all Original, 1 Owner, everything is clean and works, No accidents, No repaint, 2,755 mi. Runs great
327221850F127787Seen on eBay for sale, 3/19/21, matching numbers, Black Roadster
327399N/AOriginally a Roadster, MkIII engine/gearbox, modified monoshock frame from Kenny Dreer original 952 prototype, Blue
327760---------------This gearbox was purchased seperate from a bike.
329536Mar 75850F129311RH4The frame listed is the original frame. It was replaced with a new frame from Andover Norton Feb 2020.
330002Mar 75N/AOriginally a Roadster, converted to blue monoshock café racer, matching numbers
330419Apr 75
330540Roadster, matching numbers
330775Apr 75850F131462All matching numbers MKII Interstate. Owner says: I have owned my Mk3 since new, 03.09.75, registration number xxx xxxx, bought from Sports Motorcycles, Manchester, England. I am currently replacing the frame as both rear down tubes have fractured. I am not going for a concourse finish simply servicing everything and replacing all service bearings, etc. European date 3/9/75 = Sep 3, 1975.
331750May 75Roadster, matching numbers
331837Seen on eBay 10/3/20. Black Commano Roadster, Matching numbers. Video
332473May 75850 332473
334003Jul 75850 334003Owner's notes: I have a 1975 MK3 850 Commando in Roadster trim. I think it was originally a Hi Rider and was exported back to the UK back in the 1990's. It is currently undergoing a full restoration in Roadster Trim. The bike is now me in SW France. Engine and frame numbers are - 334003. The factory record was so devoid of information that Andover Norton Ltd refunded my money!
334191Jul 75850 334191N/AHead not marked
334808850 334808Refurbished and sold w/ Black Roadster bodywork
334866Jun 75850 334866







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