1958 Velocette 192cc Valiant
Registration no. 940 DJH
Frame no. 1623 33
Engine no. V200 1624
A sports version of Velocette's LE must have seemed improbable but nevertheless the Hall Green firm went ahead with the idea, launching the Valiant in 1957. More conventional than its progenitor, the Valiant boasted a tubular frame, air cooling, overhead valves, twin carburettors and a four-speed, foot-change gearbox but was otherwise mechanically almost identical to the LE. Visually, it could not have been more different but the Valiant was expensive for a machine that was not a full 250 and sales were disappointing.
The vendor's father (its immediately preceding owner) was leaving home on his way to a dance when this example arrived by lorry. He says that his wife's annoyance at their delayed departure was well worth the joy experienced in taking this fabulous little machine for a test ride! Accompanying documentation consists of an expired MoT certificate (1973), old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents and continuation logbook (issued 1972) listing the vendor's father as the third of only three owners recorded.