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Lot 465: 1966 Velocette 499cc Venom

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Introduced in 1956, the Venom and Viper sports roadsters were derived from the touring MSS. 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 was first registered on 30th December 1966 and bought by the previous (third) owner in April 1970 at 1,200 miles. The machine was used regularly until 1975 then garaged at 17,500 miles. It was acquired by the present owner in 1998 and subjected to a complete ‘last nut and bolt’ restoration in 1999 at 18,137 miles, the engine and gearbox being rebuilt by a well known Velocette specialist. The machine was covered fewer than 3,000 miles since completion in 2000, and the vendor advises us that all mileage totals are supported by expired MoT certificates. In use this summer, ‘LAC 19E’ is presented in excellent condition and offered with restoration invoices, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number465
Estimate£4400-£4800
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2200
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2530
Year1966
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Engine numberVM6298
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