Lot 355 - 1957 Norton 850 Commando Manx style Café Racer

Lot 355 - 1957 Norton 850 Commando Manx style Café Racer

Lot 355 - 1957 Norton 850 Commando Manx style Café Racer

Lot Number 355
Chassis Number N14 75620
Engine Number 12477
Odometer reading 72,634 miles
Estimate £9,000 - £12,000

Although this Norton started its life in 1957 as a 600cc Dominator, it has seen many changes in its lifetime and has evolved over the years into what we currently see today. The major restoration has taken countless hours with painstaking attention to detail plus vast a sum of money having been lavished to get this bike to the standard it currently enjoys. According to the original buff log book, the bike spent most of its early life north of the border in Scotland. Over the years it has travelled far and wide including a visit to the Isle of Man, to the 1,000 Bike event with pictures of this bike in the Isle of Man featuring in Classic Bike October 1995 and October 1996 issues. According to the buff log book, the engine was changed in 1972 to a 745cc Commando (Engine #12477) and at some later date, the engine size was increased to 829cc and is currently fitted with standard cams. Twin GP carburettors and two remote Amal box-type floats complete the engine department. The motorcycle also features 12v electrics, close ratio four-speed gearbox and correct right-hand Manx style gear change with the conventional 'one up and three down' configuration plus a heavy-duty, light pull dry clutch. Manx-style refurbished alloy petrol and oil tanks, both with Monza quick-release alloy caps and an enclosed primary drive complete the package.

Subject to a total nut and bolt restoration this Norton benefits from a featherbed frame, Road-holder forks, Fontana four leading shoe, front brake with magnesium hubs and is fitted with new race linings to complete the front end. With more than 60bhp on tap, this Norton is a great bike to ride and aside from just being a very attractive and useable Motorcycle, she is also a sound investment.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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