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1970 Norton 650SS

Postby abbym » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:17 pm

Hello. I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario and my dad gave me his 1970 650 Norton Super Sport. I hasn't ran in years but cranks over nicely. It is all original and appears to be in perfect shape with 3500 miles on it. I would like to sell it but have no idea what to ask. Does anyone know what it may be worth? I haven't seen any 650s for sale so have nothing to compare it to. Any help you can give me would be appreciated.

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Re: 1970 Norton 650SS

Postby lcrken » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:51 pm

Norton didn't build a 650 super sport in 1970. The last one was 1967. Do you maybe have a 1970 750 Commando S model? If it's not a Commando, but a featherbed frame bike, it can't be 1970.

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Re: 1970 Norton 650SS

Postby Stephen Hill » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:38 pm

The bike is probably a Mercury, a 650 single carb Norton in a featherbed frame.
While Norton called it a Mercury, the cases are stamped 650 SS, so you can call it either way.
You will find them registered as 1968, 69, or 1970. One theory is they were all built in 1968 and it took that long to sell them.
Some reputable folks consider them the nicest Norton ever built.
They had the same horsepower as a Norton Atlas, without the vibes (49 hp claimed).
They had a Commando bottom end, which was an improvement over an Atlas.
And they had the crisp handling of a featherbed frame, without the vague complexity of a rubber mounted swingarm.
One downside is they were painted in a drab blue and gray. Supposedly as not to distract too much from the new shiny Commandos.
I am in the middle of doing mine up in classic 650 SS colours.
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Re: 1970 Norton 650SS

Postby lazyeye6 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:13 pm

abbym wrote:Hello. I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario and my dad gave me his 1970 650 Norton Super Sport. I hasn't ran in years but cranks over nicely. It is all original and appears to be in perfect shape with 3500 miles on it. I would like to sell it but have no idea what to ask. Does anyone know what it may be worth? I haven't seen any 650s for sale so have nothing to compare it to. Any help you can give me would be appreciated.


Whether a true 650ss or a Mercury with the 650ss engine, it would be somewhat rare in North America. A gorgeous Restored concourse Mercury has been offered in recent years on the west coast in the $12,000-$14,000 range but I don't believe it sold. I sold my 1970 Mercury which was a nicely restored rider in January for $8,400. They rarely come up for sale.
I can't imagine that it wouldn't sell for around $5,000 if fully intact and motor isn't trashed. Condition is everything. Only way to find it's worth is to put it up for sale on eBay and see what happens. Would be a good idea to have a knowledgeable Norton mechanic check it over.
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Re: 1970 Norton 650SS

Postby grandpaul » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:32 am

Without a couple of decent photos, and the serial number, it's awfully hard to put a value on a bike.

Also, running condition needs to be known to get the best selling price, so you'll want to clean the carbs, change the oil, and install a new battery.
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Re: 1970 Norton 650SS

Postby Bodger » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:39 pm

I have a 1964 650SS. (BTW I think "SS" stands for "Sports Special" and not Super Sports). They are a really nice bike that, except for a small group of fans, gets almost no recognition in the US. On the other hand they and the similar Mercury, are well known and very desirable in the UK. If you put the bike on EBay you will get UK bids and that will tell you what it's worth.

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Re: 1970 Norton 650SS

Postby gtsun » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:32 pm

Hey Abby's what's up with this bike? Have you decided to sell it? If it was in the U.S. I sure would be interested... Please let us know what's up with it> Glenn
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