1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785
Lot 150
1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton
Registration no. VLO 662G Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785
Sold for £19,550 (US$ 25,000) inc. premium

Lot Details
1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785 1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton Frame no. RS19708 Engine no. VMT785
1968 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton
Registration no. VLO 662G
Frame no. RS19708
Engine no. VMT785
• An older restoration
• 1,678 miles since restoration
• Original logbook

'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 estimated 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 post-war Velocettes.

This Thruxton comes with its original logbook showing that it was sold new via one of the most famous of all Velocette dealers: L Stevens Ltd of Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12. Four private owners are listed therein, the last of whom, Leslie Piper, acquired the machine in the 1970s (date stamp indistinct). The current (fifth) owner acquired the Thruxton in July 2002, and Mr Piper is recorded as the previous keeper on the accompanying V5 document. Invoices on file indicate that the Velo had been restored by Barrie Bourner (Classic Motorcycle Restorations) in 2001, and we are advised that it has covered only 1,678 miles since restoration (the Amal Mk2 Concentric carburettor is an obvious departure from standard, as are the Koni shock absorbers). The machine is offered with some old MoTs (most recent expired July 2003), SORN paperwork, and old-style V5 document, (copy) instruction manual, and a VOC parts list. Re-commissioning is advised before returning it to the road.

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