1970 Velocette Venom to Thruxton Spec
Lot 429
88 miles since full restoration,1970 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Replica Frame no. RS20300 Engine no. VMT 1101 (see text)
£12,000 - 16,000
US$ 20,000 - 27,000
amended
Lot Details
88 miles since full restoration
1970 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Replica
Registration no. WRP 152H
Frame no. RS20300
Engine no. VMT 1101 (see text)
'Prestige machine of the pushrod range was the Venom Thruxton 500. It incorporated all the accumulated experience gained in the years the Venom Clubman has been raced in long-distance events, plus the development of the 12 and 24-hour record breaker.' – C E A 'Titch' Allen, The Velocette Saga.

Production race successes, notably in the Thruxton 500 Mile event prompted Veloce Ltd to adopt that name for their newly introduced top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1964. Based on the existing Venom, the Thruxton featured a tuned engine with revised big-valve cylinder head, Amal GP carburettor, clip-on handlebars, rear-set footrests and a twin-leading-shoe front brake as standard equipment. Although the Thruxton took its name from the eponymous Hampshire racing circuit, arguably its finest hour came in 1967 when Manxman Neil Kelly won the '500' class in the Isle of Man TT's Production race, newly introduced for that year.

Although much admired by the café racing fraternity, the Thruxton's necessarily high price limited its appeal to a select handful of wealthy connoisseurs. It is thought that as few as 1,100 were made by the factory (with a further 55-60 assembled from parts by main dealers) and today the Thruxton is one of the most sought after of post-war Velocettes.

This beautiful Thruxton replica's 'ground upwards' full restoration had already been completed prior to its acquisition by the current vendor. The rebuild is believed to have been finished in 2001, there being nine expired MoTs on file issued since then recording a mere 88 miles covered to date. Described as in 'A1' condition, the machine is offered with the aforementioned expired MoT certificates, VOC dating letter, current road fund licence, Swansea V5 document and MoT to 2013. A modern Japanese carburettor is fitted currently but the original Amal GP unit is included in the sale. The machine also comes with a VOC dating letter (dated 24th April 2001) stating that this motorcycle was manufactured in 1970. However, it should be noted that subsequent research suggests that the frame number is outside the range used by the factory prior to its closure in February 1971, while the engine number (apparently re-stamped) is from a sequence not used in period.

Saleroom notices

  • We believe this Velocette was produced from 'NOS Velocette Parts' constructed after the close of the Velocette factory by manufacture unknown and is therefore believed to be a 'post-factory continuation' as opposed to a 'replica', accordingly, the estimate is £12,000-16,000.
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