c.1959 Velocette Venom,
Lot 252
1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12263 Engine no. VM2924
Sold for £3,220 (US$ 5,261) inc. premium

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1959 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. YJW 510
Frame no. RS12263
Engine no. VM2924
Introduced in 1956, the Venom sports roadster was derived from the touring MSS. The latter disappeared from the range in 1948, reappearing in 1954 with a new swinging-arm frame and telescopic fork. The engine too was up-dated, changing to 'square' bore and stroke dimensions of 86x86mm and gaining an alloy cylinder barrel and 'head. Engine development pursued as part of the scrambles programme bore fruit in 1956 in the shape of the high-performance Venom and its 350cc sibling, the Viper. The MSS frame and forks were retained for the newcomers, but full-width alloy hubs were adopted to boost braking power and smart chromed mudguards fitted to enhance the models' sporting image. Produced until the end of Velocette production in 1971, the Venom represents the final glorious flowering of the traditional British sports single, and today these supremely well-engineered thoroughbreds are highly sought after. Last taxed for the road to the end of August 1971, this Venom is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. The machine is offered with old-style continuation logbook (issued 1971).
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