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Lot 356: 1966 Norton 745cc Atlas

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

First seen in prototype form in 1962, the 745cc Atlas represented the biggest stretch yet applied to Nortonís parallel twin. Built for export only initially - home market deliveries commenced late in 1964 - the Alas was fundamentally a larger-engined version of the existing 650SS, using the same Featherbed frame/Roadholder fork cycle parts. The arrival of the similar-capacity but Isolastic-framed Commando in 1967 spelled the end for the Atlas, which disappeared from the range towards the end of 1968. Almost the last of Nortonís traditional Featherbed-framed twins (the 650 lasted into 1970) this muscular road-burner is today highly sought after by collectors.

The vendor advises us that this example is substantially complete, with all major components present and correct. Engine and gearbox are reported as having been overhauled by a qualified motorcycle mechanic who once raced his own Norton. Big-end bearings are in excellent condition, all other engine bearings have been renewed, cylinder barrels re-bored and new pistons fitted. Clutch plates, starter, primary and final drive chains, rev counter, control levers and cables, oil and petrol tank caps, seat sponge and cover, front fork stanchions, sliders and bushes, and the head lamp are all new. The magneto has been checked over and found to have a good spark.

Lot Details
Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number356
Estimate$2200-$2800
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$1500
Hammer Price (inc premium)$1725
Year1966
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Engine number20-111923/P
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