1969 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton
Registration no. UBD 54G
Frame no. RS 19846
Engine no. VMT 921C
Prestige machine of the pushrod range was the Venom Thruxton 500. It incorporated all the accumulated experience gained in the years the Venom Clubman has been raced in long-distance events, plus the development of the 12 and 24-hour record breaker. C E A Titch Allen, The Velocette Saga. Production race successes, notably in the Thruxton 500 Mile event prompted Veloce Ltd to adopt that name for their newly introduced top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1964. Based on the existing Venom, the Thruxton featured a tuned engine with revised, big-valve cylinder head, Amal GP carburettor, clip-on handlebars, rear-set footrests and a twin-leading-shoe front brake as standard equipment. Although much admired by the café racing fraternity, the Thruxtons necessarily high price limited its appeal to a select handful of wealthy connoisseurs. It is thought that as few as 1,100 were made, and today the Thruxton is one of the most sought after of post-war Velocettes.
This example was despatched from the Hall Green factory on 25th April 1969 and comes with Velocette Thruxton Machine Register dating letter confirming correct frame/engine/gearbox details. Presented in 1st class condition throughout, the machine has been restored by recognised specialist Austin Mercer. Assorted photographs recording the rebuild are on file together with a lengthy list of parts replaced and work carried out, inspection of which is highly recommended. An electronic ignition system is the only notified deviation from factory specification. Virtually unused since completion, this most desirable British thoroughbred is offered with spare parts list, expired MoT (November 2002) and Swansea V5 registration document.