1973 Norton Commando 850
Sale price: $6666 ≈ €5985 ≈ £5429 ≈ ₿0.64 bitcoin
Last update: Item location: Great Falls, Montana, US
Seller's notes: 1972 Norton 750 Commando w/ early non-matching 850 engine • Titled as 1973 850 Unrestored Condition
Sale type: Fixed price listing
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Build Month: August • Build Year: 1972
VIN #: 211246
Engine #: 300520
Transmission #: 211246
Upper frame backbone #: 20G2
Title: Street Legal Montana
Judging from the VIN and engine number you have a 1972 750 frame
Could have been titled as a 1973 depending on the state
Original transmission and an early 850 engine
There are several resources to confirm this. I used:
The bike is a 1972 Mk4 750 machine (would have originally had a post Combat detuned engine)
The orig 750 engine to this bike has been replaced with a 1st year 850 engine
Commandos ALWAYS left the factory with matching engine, gearbox & frame numbers.
CSI: Commando Size Increased
I spoke to the owner (Greg) about the Commando
He was not aware that his 850 is actually a 1972 750
So here goes a little theory/conjecture/alternative facts:
FACT: The Commando is actually a 1972 750 and is titled 1973 Norton VIN# 211246.
The title is from Colorado where the current owner lived before moving to Montana.
Greg says that a vehicle was usually titled the year that it was sold.
He had a few titles for his 1975 Nortons that listed them as 1977/1978 because a lot of bikes went unsold.
Back in the Day riders did not care about "matching numbers"
FACT: It has an 850 engine with 300520 stamping which is an early engine.
850 engines started at 30000.
Greg thinks that the first owner blew up the 750 engine and that the dealer replaced the engine with the 850.
Either under warranty or the first owner wanted the bigger engine.
Owner was probably mad that 850 came out and they were stuck with a "lowly" 750.