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Found on eBay: 1973 Norton Commando 850 Interstate

by Landon Hall


Tags: norton, commando, for sale, found on ebay, interstate,

interstate 

Norton Commandos are some the most loved and coveted of the Seventies bikes, and their prices have been climbing steadily for years. In the early Nineties it seemed you could find a nicely restored or original Commando that was ready to ride for $2,000 to $3,000. Those days, however, are long gone. Rarely do we see a Commado worth having for less than $5,000, and often the ones for sale at that price still look like they need a good bit of sorting.

This week's eBay find is a numbers-matching 1973 Commando Interstate with new tires, a new seat cover, ignition switch, tach cable and more. It's been updated with a Boyer electronic ignition, and the auction claims that the bike "starts and idles on 1st kick, runs strong..."

Though it looks like it could use a bit of cosmetic attention, this Norton looks to be worth having. The reserve isn't listed, but we're hoping the current owner has set a reasonable reserve and that some new owner can have themselves a nice rider with a little elbow grease.

To see the auction for this Commando Interstate, go here.  

todd ethridge
6/18/2009 8:27:33 PM

It seems like the time has finally come for the Commando. I've always wondered why Triumph Bonnevilles go for more money than a similar condition Commando. Triumph outsold Norton by about 4 to 1, and a good Norton will more than just keep up with modern traffic. Many in the Norton owners club have racked up 50,000 or more miles proving that these bike can really be used. My 72 Interstate ( allegedly one of Norton's worst ever bikes!) has been a gem, hauling me and a great deal of camping gear all over the country. Don't misunderstand, I'm not criticizing the Bonnie, and I've owned several. It's just that I've always felt a really good Bonnie should be available for $3000.00 to $5000.00 and the Commando should be pulling in 5 to 8,000.00 dollars. That the reverse is true is fascinating. Todd


todd ethridge
6/18/2009 8:26:25 PM

It seems like the time has finally come for the Commando. I've alway wondered why Triumph Bonnevilles always go for more money than a similar condition Commando. Triumph outsold Norton by about 4 to 1, and a good Norton will more than just keep up with modern traffic. Many in the Norton owners club have racked up 50,000 or more miles proving that these bike can really be used. My 72 Interstate ( allegedly one of Norton's worst ever bikes!) has been a gem, hauling me and a great deal of camping gear all over the country. Don't misunderstand, I'm not criticizing the Bonnie, and I've owned several. It's just that I've always felt a really good Bonnie should be available for $3000.00 to $5000.00 and the Commando should be pulling in 5 to 8,000.00 dollars. That the reverse is true is fascinating. Todd