1970 Dunstall Norton Commando

I had done a little research about Paul Dunstall when writing about this Triumph back in May, and since then have been keeping an eye out for other bikes claiming to have Dunstall connection. Mostly you find a bike with Dunstall mufflers, maybe a Dunstall replica fairing, but few which claim to be Dunstall Bikes. This Norton Commando offered here on eBay is the only one I have seen with Dunstall in the title.

The seller says

            NICELY RESTORED 1970 NORTON 750 COMMANDO BY DUNSTALL

Paul Dunstall was a racer who decided to market some of the parts that he had developed to go faster, and by 1961 had a catalogue of parts. By 1966 he was developing whole Dunstall motorcycles, starting with “of the shelf” Triumphs, BSA, and Norton. By 1971 Paul has stopped racing and worked full time at creating fast European and Japanese bikes.

From the seller

            IT HAS ON IT ALL OF THE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER DUNSTALL GOODIES THAT MAKE IT SUCH A SPECIAL BIKE, REWORKED HEAD AND CARBS, DUNSTALL EXHAUST AND FAIRING, LARGER OIL PUMP, ETC ETC…

The pictures show a well put together machine with nice paint, shinny chrome, bikini fairing, and cafe seat. It also shows a huge tachometer and no speedo.

For 1971 Dunstall offered the Mark 1 and Mark 11 Norton Commandos in economic or high performance tunes. Pulling from the many parts offered, this could have included new aluminum cylinders, and attention the head porting, as well as mufflers and fairing as mentioned by the seller.

The bike is listed with 1198 miles and is a restoration. But did this Commando start out as an original Dunstall Norton? The seller implies this. Or was is a restoration of a Norton Commando put together with a collection of original Dunstall parts?  With a buy it now price of $16,975 you are going to get a very nice Norton, with some nice Dunstall parts. But at that price I would be surprised if it could get yourself a Dunstall assembled Norton Commando. BB

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3 Responses

  1. John says:

    I believe this was just sold at the Harris Estate Auction, Norwood, Mass
    It sold for just $7,600.

  2. Brian says:

    Wonder how far Wenham, MA is from Norwood, MA? Looking at the pictures again it looks like the seller might be in the used car business. Thanks for the heads-up, maybe a CSBFS reader can use this info and make an offer to the seller

  3. barbatus says:

    The exhaust is not a dunstall (2 into 1 into 2 is a dunstall) – neither are the front brakes (shows as drum but dunstalls are dual discs)…