Velocette LE (LJN 173E)
Lot 125
1967 Velocette 149cc LE Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Sold for £747 (US$ 1,256) inc. premium
Lot Details
1967 Velocette 149cc LE
Registration no. LJN 173E
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. to be advised
Launched in 1948, as the 'motorcycle for everyman', the Velocette LE addressed the criticisms most often levelled at motorcycles - that they were noisy, dirty and needed special clothing to ride - achieving impressive levels of silence, comfort and practicality. Sadly for the LE, its arrival coincided with the start of the scooter boom; asked to compete against Italian style, Velo's ugly duckling never stood a chance, even after the sidevalve flat twin's performance had been boosted by a capacity increase from 149 to 192cc in 1950. It was however, a big success with police forces, for which its attributes were more important than its appearance, gaining the sobriquet 'Noddy Bike' as a result. Owned since 1992, this example currently displays a total of 18,702 miles on the odometer, though it is not known when it was last used. The machine comes with a Swansea V5C document and is sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.

Saleroom notices

  • The Registration is: LJN 773E The frame number is: 8375/34 the engine number is: 8375/3
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