73 commando sold at auction...

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sorry if this is a dupe

73 Norton sold on the "bring a trailer" site for $12,250 on 7/14/2020. seems like a very good price all considering. i'm somewhat of a novice and noob on the brit bike scene, and even I noticed a tonne of small details missing and/or not correct. not sure what to make of the front brake conversion back to drum - ??? overall, still a pretty nice bike. anyway - here's the link --

 
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They certainly talked a good fight (at length!)... 'Baffle them with B*llsh*t' springs to mind! But fair play to them, nowhere in that advert did they mislead or make bogus claims to 'authenticity' or 'originality'
Just hope it performs as well as it looks for the new owner..
 
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It was shiny. There are people with enough money to just buy what they want and don't care what the price is. To me that would've been worth about half what it sold for.
I agree - not that i'm any kind of pricing expert, but I figured a $7500-$8500 bike. just hope there's one of those folks with really deep pockets out there when I go to sell mine.
 

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More than I would have though, not being totally original; still, it was a VERY clean bike.
 
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There was a recent bike for sale in Colorado. Apparently formally owned by a @cNw mechanic. It looked very, very nice. He was only asking $6500, which was a massive deal.
 
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So, it has Florida license plates, but is sold with a valid Illinois title... How do you register it in Florida without a Florida title? The guy forgot to mention that Steve McQueen once sat on it...
 
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So, it has Florida license plates, but is sold with a valid Illinois title... How do you register it in Florida without a Florida title? The guy forgot to mention that Steve McQueen once sat on it...
not trying to defend any of the BS spewing in the write-up, but he is a dealer (first clue in the BS) - the bike is sitting at a florida dealership, and nowhere does is say it's registered in florida, just that it has an illinios title. It does show a florida plate, but it's a 1973 plate - my guess, they threw a plate on the thing so they could take for a "spin around the block." very creative writing though -- as EstuaryBoy said, 'Baffle them with B*llsh*t'.

now the buyer has to pay the auction fees - i'm thinking bring-a-trailer charges a flat $300 to the buyer. the buyer also has to pay sales tax in illinios - i'm guessing around $1K, maybe transport the thing, $400-$500, and finally, maybe dealer fees. florida has some steep dealer fees, driven by state and local government. someone's got north of 14-grand into this thing without batting an eye. i'm a bit of a noob on pricing and such, but 14K for that thing is insane.

anyway, that makes me feel good about the potential value of my 74, and to whoever bought the thing, welcome to the brotherhood!
 
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Got it... The ad said "6,000 miles, only 20 of which were put on by the current dealer", so you're guess sounds good. The dealer wanted to check it out so he put a plate on it and took it on a 20 mile jaunt...

I saw the license plate, and read the comment about an illinois title and that seemed weird because I assumed the plate on the bike was legally put there.

It's weird to see a bike where the front disc brake is replaced with a drum. That makes me think that the bike was put together with "whatever parts were available", rather than the "best parts that are available". As many have said, it's a high price to pay based on what commandos have been selling for lately. It is probably the most highly polished bike I've seen for a while... :D
 

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