Genuine 1968 Paul Dunstall Norton Commando 750 — luxury vehicle For Sale






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Fixed price: 
US $24.999.00
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Last update: 
24.10.2017
Make:
Model: 
Commando Dunstall
Item Location: 
Miami, Florida, United States
Type: 
Café Racer
Exterior Color: 
red
Engine Size: 
750
Warranty: 
Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Vehicle Title: 
Clear
For Sale By: 
Private Seller
Mileage: 
4,708
Year: 
1968










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Description for luxury vehicle Genuine 1968 Paul Dunstall Norton Commando 750

This is not just any Commando that's been modified with Dunstall Parts.  This bike was dispatched from the Norton factory October 31, 1968 and sent to Dunstall UK where it received the Dunstall conversion.  It is believed to be the first Norton Commando 750 Dunstall to leave his shop and it's probably the only documented 1968 Dunstall Commando in existence.    The original build sheet addressed to a guy in Michigan and it's dated February 26, 1969.  The bike was originally ordered with twin leading shoe brake (TLS) in the front but the owner later regretted not ordering it with the twin Lyster front disc brakes. He later sourced the Lyster brake system which is currently on the bike.  The TLS front wheel is included if the buyer chooses to convert it back to TLS.  However the Lyster system was a PD option back in 1968 69 and was included in the 1969 parts catalogue (page 9).  You will also see a picture from a motorcycle magazine in the UK probably 1969 or 1970 showing a Dunstall like this one.   And btw, this is a numbers matching 127900 on frame, motor and transmission.  Speedo shows only 4708 miles and they are original miles as well.  I have close to $20k US in receipts for the restoration.  The motor and transmission were completely rebuilt with new bearings, seals, rings and gaskets by Wes Scott Cycles in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  I have taken this bike a few times to the Concours D'Elegance show and she always wins a trophy.  It appeared at the Concours D'Elegance show  also scheduled to appear at the Concours D'Elegance show February 28, 2017 and it won 'Excellence in Class' award and Best in Class in 2015.  This show is so prestige only 50 bikes of over 300 who apply are invited.  The results can be seen by logging onto to the concourse d'elegance Boca Raton website and searching the winners list.   I listed this bike twice before on eBay November of 2014 and the reserve was not met with 33 bids and highest bid at $25,100.  Then I relisted it again in January of this year and it reached $34,000 with 48 bids. I will post a link to a youtube video of the bike running.  Good luck to all.  I can assist with shipping however the high bidder is responsible for shipping.  Please ask questions and I will try assist in any way.  This time around I am ready to sell the bike so I am listing it with a buy it now of $34k or Best Offer!
 I purchased this bike from the original owner who in 1981 completely disassembled it.  It remained in boxes until I rescued it in 2011. Luckily for me the previous owner was very meticulous and he documented the tear down with drawings and plenty of pictures.  The back of the pictures are dated May1981 which is when it was taken apart - something common on Kodak paper back in those days.  It was quite impressive and exciting to unwrap newspaper dated May 1981 and to find all these Dunstall parts.  The highest bidder will receive all the pictures and documentation with the bike. Including the pictures that I took throughout the restoration.  This is an original bike ordered from Dunstall’s 1968-1969 Catalogue and the ultimate Cafe Racer that will only continue to appreciate in value. 

 No corners were cut during this EXTENSIVE AND EXPENSIVE restoration.  The early commando frames had a weak spot where the top frame meets the neck.  They were known to crack and the factory had a recall which most of them were fixed. This frame was not one of the bikes that received the upgrade so I had a professional welder do this.  Pictures of the upgrade are also available (before and after).  I replaced the red plastic brake lines with modern braided lines but then I chose to go back to the original plastic lines just for originality. You will see some pictures with the braided lines and others with the red lines. It currently has the red brake lines but if you choose to race this bike I would recommend you install the braided lines. Also included are the original early Dunstall Balanced Decibel 2-2 exhaust system. These are very rare and earlier than the Blair 2-1-2 system.  They were originally black so I had the mufflers ceramic coated.  Black or chrome was an option in the catalogue.  The pipes need new nuts and collars soldered back on other than that they are in pristine condition.  The seat cover still wears the original leather on top.  I had my upholstery guy remake a new seat cover using the original top side leather with new sides and red bead or piping.  The Lyster dual-Disc brake system is extremely rare and not often seen.  This system is much rarer than the one piece caliper/fork leg disc brake system found on the 1972 Dunstall's.   
See the pictures from the 1969 Paul Dunstall Special Equipment Catalogue and pay close attention to page 45.  


As you can see by the build sheet this bike received all the goodies available from Paul Dunstall back in the day.  
 Engine: 
1. Hand finished and polished ports 1.5 inch bore 
2. Bronze Dural valve guides 
3. Silichrome H 18 S Valves 
4. 10 to 1 spun cast pistons 
5. Mark 3 street camshaft 
6. Flexible forced feed to rockers 
7. Paired 932/01 carbs 
8. Polished and lightened rockers (not on build sheet) 
9. Polished and lightened Camfollowers (not on build sheet)


Cycle: 
1. Norton Commando Frame 
2. Road holder forks with Twin Leading  shoe brake and racing lining 
3. Balanced exhaust system  
4. Decibel Silencers 
5. Rear mounted footrest kit 
6. 3 1/2 gallon red tank 
7. De-lux dual seat in red 
8. G.T. Fairing in red 
9. Red front mudguard 
10. Clip on Handlebars 
11. Alloy ballended control levers 
12. hydraulic damper 
13. Alloy fork top yoke 
14. Alloy wheel rims 
15. 4.00 x 18 rear tyre 
16. Red fork gaitors (black fork gators currently on bike)   
17. chromium plated PD modified chain guard







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