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Color Question

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by MexicoMike, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. MexicoMike


    Jan 31, 2010
    I've gone through every ad and brochure I can find and have not seen a Commando of any year in British Racing Green. Was that ever a factory color option?
  2. Atlas Commando

    Atlas Commando VIP MEMBER

    Feb 27, 2018
    I saw lots of 'sort of' British Racing Green fastbacks; have never seen a Roadster or Interstate with factory BRG paint. More scholarly people will likely chime in.
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  3. NPeteN


    Nov 20, 2018
    Not my image but this may shed some light.

  4. Time Warp

    Time Warp .......back to the 70's. VIP MEMBER

    Dec 3, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
  5. Fullauto

    Fullauto VIP MEMBER

    Apr 13, 2009
    I have a mate who had a '72 disc braked Combat Fastback in British Racing Green back in the day.
  6. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2013
    I’ve often wondered if the romantically titled ‘British Racing Green’ would be half as popular if it was just called dark green...?
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  7. Dommie Nator

    Dommie Nator VIP MEMBER

    Apr 2, 2013
    Probably not, but it does look good on a friends piece of "old shite" though.
  8. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2013
    It appears that you revolve in different social circles to me sir...
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  9. MexicoMike


    Jan 31, 2010
    Thanks for the color chart - I hadn't seen that one. So BRG...aka Dark Green :) ... WAS a factory color - at least in '71. Now I don't feel bad about my BRG 1973 850 Fastback, converted from it's original(?) black Roadster configuration. I purchased the fiberglass tank/side covers from Burton Bike Bits in '08 and the options were BRG, yellow, and unpainted. I went with BRG even though I would have preferred yellow because a good friend who lived less than a block from me here in Mexico had (has) a yellow CNW Fastback and I figured that the only two Norton Commandos known in this area shouldn't be the same model/color. The BRG is getting a bit faded so I'm thinking of repainting it. Trying to decide whether to keep it BRG or go to something else. Interestingly, my friend is thinking of having his yellow bike repainted as well. If he chooses to leave the yellow behind, I might do the yellow!
  10. Danno


    Feb 7, 2010
    I don't think I've ever seen Emerald Green Fireflake on anything.
  11. oldbeezer

    oldbeezer VIP MEMBER

    Nov 2, 2017
    I have a question about BRG. Is it a particular shade of dark green or is it just a dark green? I was led to believe it was a particular shade of really really dark green.
  12. Bernhard


    Apr 20, 2011
    British racing green, or BRG, is a colour similar to Brunswick green, hunter green, forest green or moss green ,as there are different shades as in other colours, hence BRG, its interesting how it came about;

  13. oldbeezer

    oldbeezer VIP MEMBER

    Nov 2, 2017
    Thanks Bernhard, as you said interesting.
    Now the question is "how accurate is my monitor colors?"
  14. rvich

    rvich VIP MEMBER

    Jul 25, 2009
    You can pick your own version of BRG and rely on two facts:

    - Nearly everyone will argue that it isn't correct
    - None of them will agree on what the correct color actually is
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  15. MexicoMike


    Jan 31, 2010
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  16. olympus


    Aug 5, 2017
    Brunswick Green is one awful colour .. No disrespect .... It the main colour for Eddie Fecking Stobart trucks...
  17. kommando


    May 7, 2005
    Val Doonican has a lot to answer for but he may have got it right with this one.

    Now Dinny O'Rafferty's motor car is the greatest I declare
    It's made up of bits and pieces that he's picked up here and there
    The engine must be ages old, but it's still got lots of power
    With a gallon of stout in the petrol tank it does ninety miles an hour

    What a wonderful motor car, it's the greatest ever seen
    It used to be black as me father's hat, now it's forty shades of green
  18. illf8ed


    Dec 30, 2003
    It's in one of the sales brochures...I believe '71 on a roadster.
  19. 1973x75


    Nov 15, 2015
    I saw an emerald green Commando along with all the colors and models at the Norton booth at a motorcycle show in Syracuse NY, around 1970, 1971. I must have been 15 or 16. The green I saw looked a bit lighter and less bright than what shows on the above sample card.
  20. Craig

    Craig VIP MEMBER

    Dec 20, 2005
    We had our own local Norton dealer back in the day .... seemed to me only certain colours available here : yellow , black , the metal flake orange and the mf blue ... don’t recall ever seeing a red one for example .... or any of the other colours on list .... by ‘74 this little town was chock full of Nortons, pretty cool time to be around watching packs of Commandos dicing it up on our main st. Sunday afternoons ......

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