1967 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton
Registration no. MKD 82E
Frame no. RS 19213
Engine no. VMT 501
"Prestige machine of the pushrod range was the Venom Thruxton 500. It incorporated all the accumulated experience gained in the years the Venom Clubman has been raced in long-distance events, plus the development of the 12 and 24-hour record breaker." 'Titch' Allen, The Velocette Saga.
Production race successes, notably in the Thruxton 500 Mile event, prompted Veloce Ltd to adopt that name for their newly introduced top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1964. Based on the existing Venom, the Thruxton featured a tuned engine with revised, big-valve cylinder head, Amal GP carburettor, clip-on handlebars, rear-set footrests and a twin-leading-shoe front brake as standard equipment. Although much admired by the café racing fraternity, the Thruxton's necessarily high price limited its appeal to a select handful of wealthy connoisseurs. It is thought that as few as 1,100 were made, and today the Thruxton is one of the most sought after of post-war Velocettes.
We are advised by the Velocette Thruxton Machine Register that this is a matching numbers (frame/engine/gearbox) machine despatched new to the USA in February 1967 (see letter on file). Imported from Massachusetts, USA on 11th March 1991, at which time the recorded mileage stood at 7,487, this highly original Thruxton currently displays a total of 8,053 miles on the odometer, which is believed to be the actual total from new. The machine was purchased by the current owner at Bonhams' Stafford auction in April 2006 (Lot 499) and has been kept in storage as part of his extensive private collection since acquisition; although not used it has been started recently. Re-commissioning and the customary safety checks will be required before further use. The machine is offered with old US Certificate of Title, importation paperwork, service manual, spare parts list, various SORNs, a quantity of expired MoTs and V5C registration document.