Saw this posted on Facebook. Did Norton use the name Commando in 1950 (7th ad up from bottom), or has this been faked??
But James did for their trials model. No idea why anyone would fake something like this.
I didn't think they had, I presume this is just "click bait" then. :-(
Hello Now lets us all think a min In 1950 there were no 600cc twins So this will be a Norton Model 19 R with a Bushmar Commando double adult sidecar fitted and Not a Commando Motorcycle So No Crystal ball Nor Fake And I wish I could buy this very Strong combination for this price Now yours Anna J
Well done Anna - it’s good to have a pensioner’s knowledge, eh !
I agree with Anna, except I think the abbreviation Sw. in the advert stands for Swallow, one of the many sidecar manufacturers in 1950. I don't recall Commando being one of their model names, but it is quite possible.
The main thing I noticed is that a 600cc OHV was not listed by Norton until 1955, unless this was a pre-war model re-registered or had been fitted with a new engine not long before the advert.
Hello the singles men will tell you the model19R as been around since before the WW2 And a good strong Norton they were I wish they where made to day yours Anna j
.. I'm pretty sure it wasn't available in 1950. 18 and ES2 yes. Possibly an engine change?
In 1963 AMC unveiled a bored and re-stroked version of their relatively successful G3 350cc single. Changing it from a plodding 69 x 93mm to a more sporty 74 x 81mm plus a compression increase rising from 7.5 to 1 to a dizzy 8.5 to 1.
This bike was named the Mercury and had a production run of nearly 3 years. I don't believe that sales were that good.
If my memory is correct I think that the SS in the Jaguar SS100 stood for Swallow Sidecars not Super Sports as a lot of people thought.
This from Roy Bacon’s book “ Norton Singles “
I think that the swallow sidecar business had been disposed of , to Helliwell holdings?, before the SS Jaguar was launched. The sidecar and coach building business then passed to tube investments who produced sidecars + the forgettable gadabout scooter+the triumph engined Dorteti sports car .
The model 19R with the 82x113 engine was available for one one year, 1955.
The story goes that in 1954, at the Norton factory, they found 143 model 18 frames lying around unused and virtually scrap. Rather than binning them they fitted the engine from the then current model 19S, a laydown gearbox and long Roadholders as there were no girder forks available. And marketed them as a cheap sidecar bike.
So it was a proper parts bin special, and of those 143 made I know of 4 still on the road, a pretty good survival rate really.
I am currently on holiday in Cornwall on my example, where the torque from its 600cc engine is especially useful getting up these Cornish hills.
My photo at the top is it at Lake Garda, Italy,