1960 Velocette 500cc MSS Enduro Scrambler
Registration no. 511 YUF
Frame no. 1982/35
Engine no. MSS 12835 S
In late 1954 Velocette announced the 500cc MSS Scrambler, followed in 1956 by a 350cc sibling. Acknowledged as possessing a fully competitive motor, if lacking in outright handling ability, the Scrambler acquitted itself very successfully in competition in the USA; all the more so following the adoption of a triangulated rear frame section in 1959. It is estimated that fewer than 1000 off-road Velocettes, in either capacity, were manufactured between 1955 and the mid-1960s. This is the actual Enduro model pictured on pages 147/148 of Rod Burris's 'Velocette Motorcycles MSS to Thruxton' (published by Veloce), wherein the captions allude to the Enduro model's rarity, though it should be noted that in Dave Masters' 'Velocette An Illustrated Profile of Models' (published by Jenners), the off-road model with its combination of Scrambler and Venom components is described as 'Endurance'. (The 'enduro' term was not then widely used within the motorcycling community). The vendor purchased this ultra-rare Velocette at Brooks' sale of the Autokraft Collection Sale, held at the RAF Museum, Hendon in 1999 (Lot 14). Since then '511 YUF' has had very little use, but is nevertheless taxed and was MoT'd to March 2013. The machine is offered with VMCC Dating Certificate, plus forms V948 and V5C. The provision of Hagon rear suspension units is the only notified deviation from factory suspension.
- The machine is not currently taxed (road license)