11 New 1975 Norton Commandos Found in Belgium!


| 4/13/2010 1:23:00 PM


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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. 

Bilgemaster
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.


Bilgemaster
9/5/2018 9:09:16 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.


GERRYG
8/4/2016 8:13:08 AM

Alan Decker, I'm not sure about Australia, but I bought an Interstate new in 1972. It was faster than anything but a Z1 or H2 Kawasaki. While not necessarily the most reliable bike, especially by todays standards, I did put 25000 miles on it including one 7500 mile 8 week trip. As a Motorcycle mechanic by trade since 1974 and a former Suzuki service rep I can truly say none of the bikes back then were as reliable as todays. I'd love to have my Interstate back, but for now I have to be satisfied riding my 2007 M50 and playing with my 1965 Suzuki T10 and 4 RE5 project bikes. Gerryggg




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