1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142

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Lot 759
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. YXX 637 Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142

Sold for £ 8,050 (US$ 11,034) inc. premium
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom
Registration no. YXX 637
Frame no. RS14593
Engine no. VM4142
In the autumn of 1955 engine development pursued as part of the scrambles programme bore fruit in the shape of the high-performance Venom and its 350cc sibling, the Viper, which were launched at that year's Motorcycle Show. The MSS frame and forks were retained for the newcomers, but full-width alloy hubs were adopted to boost braking power and smart chromed mudguards fitted to enhance the models' sporting image. Produced until the end of Velocette production in 1971, the Venom represents the final glorious flowering of the traditional British sports single, and today these supremely well-engineered thoroughbreds are highly sought after. Acquired by the enthusiast vendor in September 2012, this fine example comes with its original logbook showing that the machine was sold new via Pride & Clarke Ltd of Stockwell, London SW9. Also on file are some expired tax discs; a substantial quantity of MoTs dating back to 1990 (most recent expired 30th July 2018); and numerous invoices for parts and services testifying to careful ongoing maintenance, including one for an engine rebuild circa 4,500 miles ago (inspection recommended). Noteworthy features include a KTT Services (Kevin Thurston) belt primary drive conversion; a BTH self-energising magneto; alloy wheel rims; and a new Amal Monobloc carburettor supplied by Burlen. The Venom also comes with a V5C Registration Certificate and a photocopy service manual.

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1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Frame no. RS14593 Engine no. VM4142
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