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Expensive (?) Commando in Sweden

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by fiatfan, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. fiatfan

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    An auction company held a pretty big vehicle auction today, cars, tractors and motorcycles. Among the bikes there was a 1974 Commando which had started it´s life as a Hi-Rider but the seat and the handlebar had been replaced when it was imported to Sweden. (The parts came with the bike) It has been standing many years in museums and only has about 4700 miles on it. It looks really good and have been tested and driven, everything is ok. The end price? £ 16.000. Or in $ 18.900. I think that´s a lot of money, too much? Who nows.....
     

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  2. Fanfan26

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    Yes, it is far too expensive because it is also at least 40 years old and therefore old.
    How much will it be worth in 20 years?

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  3. Craig

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    It is a nice looking , functional bike so it worth something ... not sure it should have sold for such a high price though .... however I’m not informed on that local market ... certainly the prices here ,where I reside are very much lower ...
     
  4. Landspeedracer

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    It’s certainly a lot higher than I have seen advertised here in UK.

    after Covid19 what will all of our classic bikes be worth I wonder? Will our changed world still want them?
     
  5. illf8ed

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    Yes that’s considerably more than I would pay. Anyone one coughing up £16,000 is a collector and it will go back onto another show floor. I guess eventually this will be the final resting place for all surviving Commandos.
     
  6. Eljahara

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    Things are worth what someone is willing to pay for them....not always their true value.
     
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  7. Fanfan26

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    4700 miles with all these modifications ! ! ! ! :rolleyes:
     
  8. jbruney

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    What is that non stock item hanging by the coils detracting still further from value?
     
  9. marshg246

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    I have a 74 Roadster that is more correct, completely rebuilt, and as nice or nicer that I'm hoping to sell for $13,500. So, IMHO, it's way overpriced for the US -- I have no idea if that price is good for Sweden.
     
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  10. worntorn

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    I have several old bikes that have been in storage all winter and have gone untouched.
    They must be Covid 19 free so they should bring a premium.


    Glen
     
  11. illf8ed

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    Maybe a Lucas RITA amplifier. I see the RITA points cover on the timing case.
     
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  12. jbruney

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    For that price it should have been placed more tastefully.
     
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  13. lazyeye6

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    Lots of higher end Commandos have flooded the market lately and for quite high prices. It can only be trolls
    looking for folks wanting to convert dollars to something more tangible.
     
  14. jbruney

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    Honestly I don't feel those prices are too high.... The problem is that owners are just willing to sell too low to get some cash. Just sit on it if you can't get the price you want because there is only a finite number of them and few with the patience/knowledge to keep them going, or rebuild one from scratch.
    It ain't hurting nothing sitting there stored properly awaiting a new worthy lover willing to pay.
     
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  15. Nortoniggy

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    Hard to figure why it went for so much. Low mileage, maybe, but lots of questionable modifications. People sometimes get carried away at auctions though.

    Looks like its been converted to left foot gear change. Home made and ugly Z plates. Very odd petrol tank. That's just from a quick look at a picture.

    Ian
     
  16. Fanfan26

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    This is why we may have doubts about this small mileage.
     
  17. Mike40M

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    Really astonished about the price. Usually, prices in Sweden are lower than in the US. Offered a 850 Dunstall, original and unrestored, recently for $10,000. Thought that was way too much. 16 grand is about the same I gave for the Manx or the Vincent. The Vincent costed me less than £200 in spares to be on the road, the old Manx much more.
    But as usual, the price of a motorcycle depends on how much a buyer wants that bike. I foolishly bought a -70 Victor Special two week ago for $6000, only because I bought one new which died in a barn fire in -83.
     
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  18. gortnipper

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    Yes, that is a RITA box.

    Kinda fugly build.
     
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  19. Onder

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    Our bikes aren't really bikes any more. They are not yet classics or maybe never classic because they were high production and not expensive compared to say a Vincent or an Agusta. They are sort of collectible at best. As riders they will soon all be parked. Suspect quite a few of us will see the day when petrol bikes are history. That they still let us drive any bike in today's nanny culture surprises me.
    Fifth day of fine weather and we are all supposed to be locked in. I should have joined the motorbike blood transport volunteers. :)
     
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  20. baz

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    That's double the price it should have sold for
    It looks like the side panel is located on the outside of the dodgy looking Z plates
    Nasty pillion pegs with a strap hanging down to the silencer etc
     
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