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The swansong

Even if in France we did not benefit of the Norton Girls charms, till the end there was a steady flow of advertisements in the motorcycling papers.

Atlas et Commando 1968

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1968, the aftermath of motorcycling. The old Atlas 's vibrations are just not enough to face the invading japs. Something new must come, and this is the Commando, not yet known as Fastback.

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Commando Fastback Mk IV 1972

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1972, the end is nearing and in a last attempt to seduce, the Old Lady wears sparkling dresses with psychedelic colours.
But don't mistake, the customers prefered four legged sushis to toffees.

Commando Fastback LR

Long Range
1971, new silencers, gone are the fork gaiters.

Wasp 1974

1974, the writing is on the walls and the many victories in side car cross in both french and world championships won't suffice to make forget the bad reputation acquired by the Combat engine. délicate



Commando Interstate Mk I A

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JPS are among the finest racing machines ever produced. One can only praise their sheer qualities and their riders skills. To be true, in the Transatlantic Races, the Trident is in first line. But The Sound of the Commandos at night during the 1974 Bol d' Or is something the lucky one who heard it will never forget...

Commando Roadster Mk II

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Performance wise, the Commando is no match to competitors and has to fight on another ground to attract : engine torque, comfort.. The potential buyer has grown in age and his wife too needs to be convinced. Perhaps should they have tried with Conolly leather?

John Player Special

JPS are among the finest racing machines ever produced. One can only praise their sheer qualities and their riders skills. To be true, in the Transatlantic Races, the Trident is in first line. But The Sound of the Commandos at night during the 1974 Bol d' Or is something the lucky one who heard it will never forget... musique musique

dommage

Commando Roadster Mk III 1975


1975, last shot, they put new isolastics, an electric foot, gearchange goes upside down. Too late! And imagine that most of this was on the blueprints back in 1967...
75 ans

1976

1976, it's all over now, NVT belongs to the past and, like Cromwell and Climax, Norton will forever be mythical.

see also afterwar to sixties

The Norton Owners Club french branch is one of the largest branch of the NOC, founded in 1959.

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