Yeah, but who painted the fuel tank white? It should be silver. Did it have the original green hemisphere Norton "badges"?
I remember the comments after the 1968 Motor Cycle Show. "Was it sponsored by the Republic of Ireland Tourist Board?" (referring to the green badge, the silver paint and the orange seat-cover). "Where's the switch for those green turn signals on the fuel tank?" (referring to the partial-sphere new "logo").
I couldn't believe that N-V spent over £20,000 with an "image consultant" who came up with that crackpot green partial sphere to replace the familiar Norton logo. They spent untold additional thousands having all the company stationery and documentation redesigned with that sphere also.
With that money, we could probably have designed a decent disc brake for its inugural!
Mike, I thought that I'd carefully avoided saying that it wasn't a desirable bike. All Commandos are special anyway
Plumstead Commandos are uncommon but they are around (certainly in the UK).
The green globe was followed by a more conventional badge but this tank has the later type transfer. I don't see that a later tank and re-covered seat should be taken as meaning that this bike started life as one of the elusive orange-seated variety
The previous owner clearly had the impression that the bike was one of these fabled machines but I do think that any potential buyer should consider that it could well have left the factory looking rather more like a conventional Fastback than it does now.
Amusing that he places the quality of Plumstead above Andover. Not a patch of course on proper Birmingham-built Nortons :twisted: