1960 Norvel Norton/Velocette KSS Special Frame no. R1384702 Engine no. KSS8753
Lot 396
1960 Norvel Norton/Velocette KSS Special
Frame no. R1384702 Engine no. KSS8753
US$ 14,000 - 18,000
£8,700 - 11,000
amended

Lot Details
1960 Norvel Norton/Velocette KSS Special Frame no. R1384702 Engine no. KSS8753
1960 Norvel Norton/Velocette KSS Special
Frame no. R1384702
Engine no. KSS8753
We are all very familiar with the Triton – a Triumph engine, usually a twin, in a Norton featherbed frame. We may have heard of a Tribsa (a Triumph motor in a BSA frame, or conceivably a BSA engine in a Triumph frame), a Norvin, a Vincati, even a Yamataco. But a Norvel? This beautifully crafted machine wears that on its tank with pride – meaning, in this very unusual example, pre-WW II Velocette KSS OHC motor in a postwar Norton featherbed frame. Clearly a rare project, yet it reportedly works well. (There's a YouTube video showing it being ridden.")

Norton's featherbed – "designed for Norton by the McCandless brothers and made by the Reynolds company because the Norton works did not have the necessary welding capacity for its manufacture" - the name bestowed by Harold Daniell on this "comfortable", twin shock, double loop frame, was conceived just post WW II and first put into production in wideline form for the Dominator 88 twin in 1951; slimline came in 1960. This iconic frame is still revered today for its fast but safe handling. The 348cc KSS motor is a 25hp, air cooled single overhead cam (SOHC) motor in production at the Velocette factory from 1925 to 1948. K stands for the final development or K series, or K for camshaft (the factory owners were originally German), and SS for super sports.

This neat, rare – conceivably the only one in the world - classic café racer is a "converted" vintage race bike built in the 1960s in the United Kingdom. It was acquired by the seller, an East Coast collector, from a recognized classic motorcycle dealer, "straight from the track". Lights were added by an Alphabet City, New York shop making it a unique, light and nimble, and usable motorcycle – gorgeous chomp-chomp blat from the exhaust – that reportedly starts and runs well. No question it brings real meaning to the phrase "the best of British".

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