1959 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. 888 OFM
Frame no. RS 13695
Engine no. VM 3708
Velocette introduced the 'Venom' in 1956 as a tuned version of the MSS, its mechanicals derived from the company's 'scrambles' model. The excellent swinging-arm frame was given much-improved, full-width brakes and a more sporty appearance. The fast roadster soon became a firm favourite with customers until the end of Velocette production in 1971. Far from the Venom becoming merely a Hall-Green 'has-been', interest in the model, now regarded as the epitome of the British sporting 'single', has never been higher, with demand always out-stripping supply, even for restoration projects due, perhaps, to the excellent spares and advice networks.
888 OFM was bought as a complete machine by a concours-winning Sunbeam restorer and thoroughly rebuilt, from 1999, for his own use. No lover of plastic, the vendor replaced the tank with one in black and gold and added a separate headlamp unit as well as much stainless-steel. A full mechanical and chassis rebuild followed, with expensive attention to magneto and electrics to ensure reliability.
A dependable and powerful bike, the Venom became the preferred machine from his stable and has completed almost 2500 miles, of both European and domestic riding. Well-sorted and meticulously maintained, it is only advancing years which compel its sale.
Starting easily and running beautifully, the Venom comes with its full set of touring panniers, V5C and other papers and, although not recently ridden, will have a current MOT and (free) Road Tax.