From the estate of the late Jeff Clew
1957 Velocette 192cc Valiant
Registration no. HFO 333
Frame no. 1768/33
Engine no. V200/1759
A sports version of Velocette's LE must have seemed improbable but nevertheless the factory went ahead with the idea, launching the Valiant in 1957. More conventional than its predecessor, the Valiant boasted a tubular cradle frame, air cooling, overhead valves, twin carburettors and a four-speed, foot-change gearbox, but was otherwise mechanically almost identical to the LE. Visually, the sporting Valiant could not have been more different but the model was expensive for a machine that was not a full 250 and sales were disappointing. Production ceased in 1964.
Previously registered 'VWO 57' and 'BEL 263A', this Valiant was purchased by Jeff from a private seller in 1995. Jeff initially encountered a number of problems and corresponded with various experts on the model; his solutions, modifications and routine maintenance tasks carried out are listed in a two-page document on file. Well maintained, the Valiant has been on display at the Haynes International Motor Museum in recent years and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road. The machine is offered with the aforementioned correspondence, SORN and DVLA paperwork, two expired MoTs (most recent October 1998) and Swansea V5C documents.
- The engine number is not visible due to engine covers.