1958 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. WFJ 422
Frame no. RS 10885
Engine no. VM 4313
Post-war, Velocettes 500 was their pre-war MSS design, given a relatively modern square engine dimension in 1954. In 1956, a sporting variant, the Venom entered the range, retaining the classic Velocette adjustable rear suspension but with a tuned, all-alloy engine derived from the factorys scrambles (Moto-cross) bikes, new, full-width brakes and sharper styling with chrome guards, themselves a sign that the years of wartime austerity had passed. The new machine quickly became the standard by which other Velocettes and, indeed, other makers sports singles were judged and was to remain in the range until the end of the Velocette factory in 1971. In fact, so capable was the original design that Velocettes own Vee-line and the Clubman and Thruxton tuned variants failed to eclipse it as the acknowledged epitome of the British sporting single. Today, a good Venom is fully capable of mixing it with modern traffic, its distinctively booming exhaust note marking it and its rider out from all other machines. The make, long-regarded as the home of the motorcycle connoisseur, benefits from an excellent club and spares back-up, making Velocette ownership a pleasure. This example, unused in recent years, has been subtly Thruxtonised with a more sporting tank, rear-sets, exhaust, alloy rims, and engine tuning and has been thoroughly restored and rebuilt as part of an experts collection. In excellent order complete with old-style V5, it awaits a capable rider.
- The frame number is obscured by the tank and cannot be read. There is a V5C present with this machine and not a V5.