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Lot 626: 1947 Velocette 349cc KSS

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

The MkII KSS represented a major re-design of Veloce Ltd’s road-going overhead-camshaft single when it arrived for the 1936 season. The MkII version featured many improvements including a new aluminium-alloy cylinder head with enclosed valve-gear, together with the cradle frame and heavyweight Webb forks of the new MSS. In this form the KSS resumed production post-war in November 1946 before being updated, together with the other road models, with (optional) Dowty Oleomatic telescopic front forks in August 1947. Expensive to produce, the KSS was dropped from the range at the year’s end. Dating from the final months of KSS production, this example was acquired in present condition by Eric Houseley approximately 25 years ago and has not been used since. Apparently well-preserved and to original specification, the machine carries a tax-disc dated 11.97 while the odometer reading stands at 54,904 miles. Offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number626
Estimate£2800-£3200
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3300
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3795
Year1947
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Registration numberUSY 789
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