1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006
Lot 428
1959 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. CSU 332 Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006
Sold for £7,475 (US$ 9,436) inc. premium

Lot Details
1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS12502 Engine no. VM2006
1959 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. CSU 332
Frame no. RS12502
Engine no. VM2006
Introduced in 1956, the Venom sports roadster was derived from the touring MSS. The latter had 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. In 1960 ‘Clubman’ versions of both were introduced, minus the enclosure panels of the standard models, which featured a raised compression ratio, Amal TT carburettor, ‘racing’ magneto, rear-set footrests and a close-ratio gearbox among many other improvements. When supplied with the optional dolphin fairing, the model was known as the Clubman Veeline. Produced until the end of Velocette production in 1971, the Venom in its various guises represents the final glorious flowering of the traditional British sports single, and today these supremely well-engineered thoroughbreds are highly sought after.

The current vendor purchased this Venom at Bonhams’ Stafford sale in April 2009 (Lot 377, invoice on file) at which time it was said to have been in the elderly owner’s hands since 2001, displaying a believed-genuine 43,620 miles on the odometer. Since acquisition the machine has been used occasionally but not since 2011, and should require only gentle re-commissioning. Restored in 2003, ‘CSU 332’ is described as in generally good condition mechanically with very good frame, cycle parts and brightwork. The machine is offered with sundry invoices, a quantity of expired tax discs and MoT certificates, and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents. It is expected to possess a fresh MoT certificate at time of sale. The flanged alloy wheel rims and Amal Concentric carburettor are obvious deviations from standard specification.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is obscured by the tank bracket.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalogue.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, cheque with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveller's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. James Stensel
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    Unit 1, Sovereign Park
    London, United Kingdom NW10 7QP
    Work +44 20 8963 2818
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2801
Similar Items