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1953 Velocette 349cc MAC SOLD by Auction

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  • £3,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1953
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Price £3,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Velocette
Model 349cc MAC
Year 1953
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 13-Jul-2020
Ref C1244995
Following on from our highly successful 86% sold May auction, Bonhams Motoring are delighted to present 115 motor cars and 11 motorcycles in our 25th July Live and Online auction. For more information and to view more pictures and videos of each lot please visit - details above.

Property of a deceased's estate
1953 Velocette 349cc MAC
Registration no. 602 XUF
Frame no. RS3003
Engine no. MAC 17893
Odometer reading: 22,771 miles not warranted
MoT expiry date: 18 May 2009

• Dating from the first year of sprung-frame MAC production
• Believed an older restoration
• Requires re-commissioning

In 1933 Veloce Limited augmented its established range of overhead-camshaft models with an overhead-valve 250 - the MOV. The newcomer's power unit was a 'high camshaft' design with enclosed valves, and the compact and sprightly machine featured a four-speed gearbox equipped with the company's new foot-change mechanism. The following year an overhead-valve 350 built along MOV lines appeared. This was the long-stroke MAC, which was subsequently bored out to create the 500cc MSS. Post-war, the trio of overhead-valve Velocettes continued much as before, with rigid frames and - initially - Webb girder forks. The MAC gained an alloy cylinder barrel and 'head for 1951, as well as Velocette's own telescopic front fork in place of the previous Dowty, and was further updated with a swinging-arm frame in 1953. The MAC was last produced in 1960.

Dating from the first year of sprung-frame MAC production, this apparently nicely restored example was purchased by the current registered keeper in November 2012, being described by the seller at that time as in beautiful condition, and cosmetically to a very high standard (sales receipt and advertisement on file). The age-related registration was issued in 2007, which is possibly when the machine was restored. The engine turns over but it is not known when '602 XUF' last ran or its present mechanical condition. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine will require re-commissioning or possibly more extensive restoration before further use. Accompanying documentation includes a V5C document, expired MoT (2009), and the aforementioned paperwork. An original service manual and spare parts book are included in the sale.

£3,000 - 4,000

Vendor Score Total: 50/100
Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.

Key for sellers' motorcycle assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Presents well | Good history file | May or may not run
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Frame Paint: 3
Tinware Paint: 3
Chrome/Brightwork: 3
Plastic/Panels: 3

Saddle: 3
Wheels: 3
Cycleparts: 3
Cables: 3

Turns Over: 3
Starting: 1
Running: 1
Mechanical Components: 2

Gearbox/Clutch: 2
Front Forks: 3
Rear Suspension: 3
Brakes: 3

Electrics: 2
Magneto/Generator: 2
Lighting: 2
Ancillary Components: 2

Motorcycle History File:
Receipts & Invoices: Yes – Purchase Receipt
V5C Registration Document: Yes
Service History: No
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