1971 Norton Commando Production


The legendary Commando Production Racer was born and developed at the infamous ‘Long Shop’ workshop at Thruxton Racetrack by a team lead by Peter Inchley.  The idea was to create a Commando that qualified for the FIM Production Racer class of motorcycle racing.
The Norton factory at Andover would deliver a frame, shocks, swinging arm and bottom half of an engine to the team at Thruxton, and they would then handbuild a Production Racer.
The bikes featured a whole host of components unique to these bikes, for example:
  • A special racing head steady
  • Special brakes including a Campagnolo and Lockheed leading-caliper front brake, one of the first with a floating disc
  • Lightweight Akront rims
  • An ammeter below the speedometer and revcounter
  • A high compression engine producing 10 hp more that the regular Commando engine (70hp rather than 60hp)
  • An optional 5-speed Quaife gearbox
  • Distinctive bright yellow fibreglass bodywork
  • Solid aluminium rearsets
  • Redesigned key-holding position
  • Redesigned light and switchgear
The bikes were a racing success, and according to the motorcycle classics website, they virtually owned their class in racing in 1971,1972 and 1973 until the emergence of the Kawasaki Z1.
Our bike was despatched to Appoloni Motorcycles in Italy on 12 December 1971, according to a copy of a letter we have on file from the Norton Owner’s Club to a Signor Franco Visconti.  According to the frame number records on the Norvil Motorcycles website it was the last Production Racer to be produced in June 1971.  It is the later type of model with peashooter exhausts, a smaller petrol tank and yellow painted side panels.  The frame number plate is found under the seat on these bikes. 
Since acquiring the bike from its Italian owner we have carried out the following works:
  • Rebuilt the front brake with new pistons and seals
  • Refitted the swinging arm with a new sleeve and bushes
  • Refurbished the rear brake
  • New bearings and tyre to rear wheel
  • Restore centre stand
  • Restore petrol tank
  • Change all fluids
  • Service engine and gearbox
  • Clean carburettors
  • Fit new battery
  • Reset ignition timing
We then MOTed the bike and registered it for the first time in the UK on an age-related plate.
This piece of motorcycling history now runs, rides and presents extremely well, and is just waiting for its new owner.
Price £16,000