1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353

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Lot 758
1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton
Registration no. KGC 722D Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 36,594) inc. premium
1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton
Registration no. KGC 722D
Frame no. RS18811
Engine no. VMT353
• Two owners from new
• Present ownership since 2000
• Fully restored in 2004/2005
• Numerous upgrades
• Concours condition

This superb Thruxton had had only one owner prior to its purchase by the vendor in May 2000. The first owner kept numerous receipts for items purchased over the years from various Velocette agents dating back to 1973. There are receipts from 1982/1983 relating to a refurbishment that he undertook himself: paintwork and various engine parts, kick-start rubber, head gasket, valve cotters, etc. When acquired in 2000, the following upgrades had already been done: taper-roller steering head bearings; bonded clutch plates; reversed gear lever and cam plate (originals included in sale); roller-type clutch thrust bearing; multi-link gear change internals (smoother gear changes); and a 12-volt conversion.

In 2004/2005 the vendor undertook a 'last-nut-and-bolt' restoration using only the best recognised specialists and suppliers. Works carried out and parts renewed include stainless fasteners throughout; wheels rebuilt with stainless spokes; hubs powder coated; engine stripped, checked and rebuilt with new gaskets; cylinder head overhauled by The Cylinder Head Shop; Saftek bonded clutch plates fitted; stainless swept-back exhaust pipe; show-standard paintwork by Faircharm Restoration; all new cables; new chains; and all chromework re-plated by Marque Restore in Coventry, arguably the best in the business (full details available). The magneto was completely overhauled around five years ago. The lower fairing comes with the machine, but when the vendor replaced the upper fairing, he did not drill it, preferring the half-faired look.

'KGC 722D' is authenticated and registered on the Velocette Thruxton Register run by Ray Thurston for the Velocette Owners Club, of which the vendor is a member. The owner has mainly used the bike for a few rallies and the Bob Foster run in 2011 where it was awarded the 'Bob Shield' for best Velocette. The previous owner's last MoT shows just over 24,000 miles in 1986, while the current total is just shy of 27,000 miles. The machine has not been run for approximately five-or-so years but is dry stored and regularly turned over using a rolling road; nevertheless, it will need to be fully re-commissioned before further use. Presented in concours condition, this has to be one of the best Thruxtons currently available.

Footnotes

  • There is now a V5C and old V5 with this lot. There are no invoices for the chrome work however, the seller will be pleased to discuss the work with the buyer. The reverse gear lever and cam plate will be forwarded to the buyer after the sale. The presents nicely, although it is not necessarily in concours condition.

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Saleroom notices

  • There is now a V5C and old V5 with this lot. There are no invoices for the chrome work however, the seller will be pleased to discuss the work with the buyer. The reverse gear lever and cam plate will be forwarded to the buyer after the sale. The presents nicely, although it is not necessarily in concours condition. Please click the link to view the walkaround video of Lot 758: click here
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1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353
1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353
1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353
1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353
1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353
1965 Velocette 499cc Thruxton Frame no. RS18811 Engine no. VMT353
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