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Lot 125: Velocette 149cc LE

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Launched in 1948, as the 'motorcycle for everyman', the Velocette LE addressed the criticisms most often levelled at motorcycles - that they were noisy, dirty and needed special clothing to ride - achieving impressive levels of silence, comfort and practicality. Sadly for the LE, its arrival coincided with the start of the scooter boom; asked to compete against Italian style, Velo's ugly duckling never stood a chance, even after the sidevalve flat twin's performance had been boosted by a capacity increase from 149 to 192cc in 1950. It was however, a big success with police forces, for which its attributes were more important than its appearance, gaining the sobriquet 'Noddy Bike' as a result. Owned since 1992, this example currently displays a total of 18,702 miles on the odometer, though it is not known when it was last used. The machine comes with a Swansea V5C document and is sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number125
Estimate£300-£500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£650
Hammer Price (inc premium)£747
Year1967
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Engine capacity (cc)149
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