Lot 377: 1967 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton
“Prestige machine of the pushrod range was the Venom Thruxton 500. It incorporated all the accumulated experience gained in the years the Venom Clubman has been raced in long-distance events, plus the development of the 12 and 24-hour record breaker.” – Titch Allen, The Velocette Saga. Production race successes, notably in the Thruxton 500 Mile event, prompted Veloce Ltd to adopt that name for their newly introduced top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1964. Based on the existing Venom, the Thruxton featured a tuned engine with revised, big-valve cylinder head, Amal GP carburettor, clip-on handlebars, rear-set footrests and a twin-leading-shoe front brake as standard equipment. Although much admired by the café racing fraternity, the Thruxton’s necessarily high price limited its appeal to a select handful of wealthy connoisseurs. It is thought that as few as 1,000 were made, and today the Thruxton is one of the most sought after of post-war Velocettes. Acquired by John Logan Thompson in 1991, this Thruxton has been modified to accommodate a full fairing (lower part not shown) and associated changes to the headlight arrangements. The machine is equipped with an ammeter, a worthwhile addition, and displays a total of 9,045 miles on the odometer. It is offered with its original logbook, sales invoice (1991), service manual, spare parts list, expired MoT (1990/91) and Swansea V5.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£10925|
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