Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
1959 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. 965 KPE
Frame no. RS10828
Engine no. VM2161
Introduced in 1956, the Venom sports roadster was derived from the touring MSS. The latter 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. Produced until the end of Velocette production in 1971, the Venom represents the final glorious flowering of the traditional British sports single, and today these supremely well-engineered thoroughbreds are highly sought after. Sensibly upgraded with the Thruxton-type twin-leading-shoe front brake and alloy wheel rims, this smartly turned out Venom was purchased by the late owner in July 2010 from VOC member Roy Hollingsworth of Romford, Essex, who had owned it since 2001. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style continuation logbook (issued December 1960) listing five owners in the South of England; photocopied workshop manual, parts lists and literature; BMS service manual; SORN paperwork; sundry invoices; old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents and a quantity of expired MoTs dating back to the 1990s. These show the recorded mileage rising from 42,301 in April 1990 to 43,022 when the most recent was issued in July 2009, a distance of only 721 miles in 19 years. The current odometer reading is 43,026 miles.