11 New 1975 Norton Commandos Found in Belgium!


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Norton Commando in crate

A "brand new" 1975 Norton Commando Interstate still in its crate, one of 11 found recently in Belgium 

Here’s something you don’t come across every day: 11 brand new 1975 electric-start Norton Interstate motorcycles, still in the crate and awaiting final assembly! The horde of Nortons came to light recently following the death of the owner of Motoshop Podevyn in Aalst, Belgium. Incredibly, the bikes are just a small part of an even larger collection.

From what we’ve been able to learn, the owner of Motoshop Podevyn had quite a reputation for collecting bikes and parts, but he also collected quite a reputation for being difficult to deal with, many former customers saying he rarely let go of parts or complete bikes from the huge collection he amassed over the years.

New Nortons still in crates

Here are the other 10 Nortons, still in their original, unopened packing crates. 

4/2/2021 5:18:10 PM

Poncho, I agree with your sentiments. I own a few British and American classics. I bought a brand new (in 2011) ride, and although it was smooth and luxurious, it had no soul. Yes, it was reliable transportation, but there was no thrill in the machine itself. I sold it and went back to my two cylinder vintage bikes. Warning for others, if you never experienced a vintage motorcycle, don’t do it. Leave it to those that love the character and charm they bring. Once you get hooked, you will have difficulty returning to the bland bikes of today.

4/23/2020 12:43:38 PM

Well, for my two cents, the Bikes of yesteryear will ALWAYS remain superior in style and form but today's Big Iron has a def corner of the market on function, except balance. Easier starting, mucho faster, and relatively maint free but 'bout as agile as Sopwith Camel ! Bury me with the 50s' Triumphs, Norton's, Harley "K"'s an 45's, Indian Chief's an Scouts, Black Shadow's, Square 4's, an me first ride a Whizzer...call me old fashioned an over the Hill...but...today's Bikes ain't got the same Soul !

9/5/2018 9:09:17 PM

Shame they're 850 Mark 3s and not 850 Mk. 2As, which were arguably "Best of the Commando Breed". Still, for those used to a lefthand shift one of those might be just the ticket. I've already got a pre-Commando Model N15CS 750 hybrid to keep me busy, but I could use one of those box crates those Mark 3s came in. With a couple of gate hinges and cross-braces and a little spar varnish you could make a rather nice "Nortonny" garage storage cabinet from one of those.

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