Property of a deceased's estate, 1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text) Frame no. 4141 Engine no. 2415

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Lot 529
Property of a deceased's estate, 1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text)
Registration no. NR 6079 Frame no. 4141 Engine no. 2415

Sold for £ 3,565 (US$ 4,659) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text)
Registration no. NR 6079
Frame no. 4141
Engine no. 2415
Designed by Percy Goodman, the first Velocette two-stroke of 1913 was powered by a 206cc engine of advanced design, incorporating a desaxé (offset) cylinder and patented automatic lubrication system that drew oil from a crankcase compartment by means of exhaust pressure. Two-speed and ladies' models were added to the range for 1914 and then in 1915 the engine was revised and enlarged to 220cc.

Six Velocettes were listed for 1922: E2, EL2, E3, EL3, S2, and S3, the latter pair being sports models with 249cc engines while the ELs were ladies' models. The E3/EL3 model featured the three-speed gearbox with clutch and kick-start, all chain drive, spring drive rear hub, and internal expanding brakes on both wheels. These two-stroke Velocettes were exemplary performers by the standards of their day, being capable of around 50mph while returning fuel consumption figures in excess of 200 miles per gallon – one achieved a staggering 229.5mpg on a test in Tasmania!

Acquired by the late owner in November 1991, this (believed) EL3 is offered as a part-restored unfinished project. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1952), an old-style V5C document, and a ring binder and two folders of notes, diagrams, correspondence, and photocopied literature relating to its restoration and history. A substantial quantity of parts in included in the sale.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 2415EL.
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Property of a deceased's estate, 1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text) Frame no. 4141 Engine no. 2415
Property of a deceased's estate, 1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text) Frame no. 4141 Engine no. 2415
Property of a deceased's estate, 1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text) Frame no. 4141 Engine no. 2415
Property of a deceased's estate, 1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text) Frame no. 4141 Engine no. 2415
Property of a deceased's estate, 1925 Velocette 220cc Model EL3 Project (see text) Frame no. 4141 Engine no. 2415
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