1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C

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1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton
Engine no. VMT793C

Sold for US$ 29,250 inc. premium
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton
Engine no. VMT793C
The well-regarded Velocette firm [founded in 1904] was run, without break, by the Goodman family until ceasing manufacture in 1970. With an extensive series of overhead camshaft models known as KTT they won innumerable honours in competition, including 8 Isle of Man TT victories, and two 350cc World Championships; then, in 1961, gained a much coveted 24-hour Record with a stock ohv 500cc Venom, completing the distance at an impressive average of 100+ mph!

Although they were tiny in comparison, say, with Ariel, BSA, or Matchless, Velocette were forever experimenting. In the late 1930s for instance they built an advanced pair of prototypes; a supercharged in-line 500cc twin for racing, and a fully sprung 600cc vertical twin for the highway. But, as was so often the case with smaller companies, neither reached production following WWII. They are thus best known, post-war, for their 350 and 500cc singles, with a range offering both standard and high performance versions, fitted with Velocette's unique ohv engine and transmission.

While one branch of the Goodman family were keen to continue the firm's links with the sporting field, the other were anxious to progress the firm's ultra silent LE, a 200cc luxury commuter model fitted with their own shaft-driven, water-cooled, horizontally-opposed side-valve twin, a brilliant concept but simply too expensive for volume sale. So, in 1958, when the Southampton Motorcycle Club introduced an International Nine Hour Production Machine Race at Thruxton, Hampshire, specifically for stock motorcycles, Britain's manufacturers – who, on the grounds of cost, had long withdrawn from Grand Prix racing – responded with immediate enthusiasm; nearly a dozen factories making official entries in the 250, 500, and 750cc Class, knowing their successes could be widely advertised, which indeed they were! From the outset Velocette were regular contestants in the 500cc category, commendably winning this Class on several occasions; a participation that ultimately prompted the development of the flagship model Thruxton.

The beautifully presented Thruxton model was comprehensively rebuilt by John Gurr of Quebec, in 1993; amongst numerous items purchased from UK are a number of components from Simon Goodman, grandson of Velocette's founder! At some point the machine has been fitted with a Mikuni carburetor, although it's confirmed that the original Amal accompanies the machine. It is perhaps no surprise to learn that the immaculate silver and blue-liveried machine is a former winner of various Concours awards.

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1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
1968 Velocette 500cc Thruxton Engine no. VMT793C
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