1961 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. 173 CEW
Frame no. RS15881
Engine no. VM4848
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. This restored Venom was purchased by the current vendor for his private collection in February 2010 (receipt on file). Described as in generally very good condition, the machine is offered with its original buff logbook, SORN paperwork, 12 MoT certificates (most recent expired January 2010), V5C registration document and a substantial quantity of invoices for parts and services dating back to the 1980s.
- The frame number is obscured by the tank bracket.