Property of a deceased's estate
1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton
Registration no. PVK 712F
Frame no. RS 19559
Engine no. VMT 698
'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.' C E A '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 the Thruxton took its name from the eponymous Hampshire racing circuit, arguably its finest hour came in 1967 when Manxman Neil Kelly won the '500' class in the Isle of Man TT's Production race, newly introduced for that year.
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 by the factory (with a further 55-60 assembled from parts by main dealers) and today the Thruxton is one of the most sought after of all post-war Velocettes.
This particular Thruxton was purchased by the lady vendor's late husband around 20 years ago and kept on display indoors before being restored circa 2009. The renovation, for which bills are available, included conversion to coil ignition. It seems that the machine has had little use since the rebuild's completion, as the sole MoT certificate on file expired in 2010. 'PVK 712F' is described as in good condition cosmetically, though its mechanical condition is not known. Re-commissioning and the customary safety checks are advised before turning it to the road. Additional documentation consists of a VOC dating certificate and V5C registration document.