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Lot 378: 1964 Velocette 499cc Venom ‘Clubman’

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Introduced in 1956, the Venom sports roadster was derived from the touring MSS. The latter disappeared from the range in 1948, re-appearing in 1954 with a new swinging-arm frame and telescopic fork. The engine too was up-dated, changing to ‘square’ bore and stroke dimensions of 86x86mm and gaining an alloy cylinder barrel and ’head. Engine development pursued as part of the scrambles programme bore fruit in 1956 in the shape of the high-performance Venom and its 350cc sibling, the Viper. 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. This example incorporates a number of desirable features from the list of Clubman options including the twin-leading-shoe front brake, rev counter and alloy wheel rims. Presented in apparently good condition, the machine bears a tax disc dated 12.94 and comes with spare parts list/price list, Swansea V5 and two expired MoTs (most recent 1994/95).

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number378
Estimate£2500-£3000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5175
Year1964
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Engine numberVM5653
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