1935 Velocette 348cc KTS
Registration no. BRA 229
Frame no. 5564
Engine no. 5940
The work of Percy Goodman, the Velocette Model K with its shaft-and-bevel drive to the upstairs cam was an ahead-of-its-time design that would prove extremely influential. The result of Goodman's technical innovation, combined with the firm's reputation for engineering excellence, was a superb high-performance motorcycle that established Veloce's sporting reputation almost overnight. Introduced in 1925, the Velocette KSS was the 'super sports' version of the Model K, while the KTS tourer employed the same overhead camshaft engine in virtually identical cycle parts, differences being confined mainly to mudguard style and wheel sizes. Along with the other K models, the 80mph KSS/KTS was offered with the revolutionary positive-stop foot-controlled gearchange - devised by the company's famed Development Engineer Harold Willis - from 1929.
This KTS has been in the current owner's possession since November 1987 and has been ridden regularly, though not 'really fast', and was last on the road in September 2013. The control levers and the camshaft drive tube and its securing nuts were re-chromed recently, and the machine is described by the vendor as in good condition mechanically. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style logbook and V5 registration document. The absence of the dynamo and a non-original horn are the only notified deviations from factory specification.
- The Frame number prefix is K11. (5564). The Engine number prefix is KSS (5940).