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1937 VELOCETTE 499CC MSS (LOT 332) SOLD by Auction

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  • £6,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1937
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Price £6,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Velocette
Model MSS
Year 1937
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1247790
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


1937 VELOCETTE 499CC MSS (LOT 332)
REGISTRATION NO. MMV 162
FRAME NO. C MS3616
ENGINE NO. MSS1157
Velocette did not produce a conventional overhead valve engine until the introduction of the first of the M-series models, the MOV, in 1933. The second of the M-series, all of which featured the high camshaft layout, was the MAC, which arrived later in 1933. In 1935, in an attempt to capitalise on economic recovery, the 500 MSS was announced, hoping to catch the tide of optimism with increased power and performance. Success of the MSS was demonstrated by its long production run, which saw it through to the end of production in 1971. 'MMV 162' was purchased by the deceased owner from Brian Verrall in 1993 (copy invoice on file). A 1989 dating letter from Ivan Rhodes accompanied the machine and detailed an extract of the factory records which showed that the bike no longer had the original engine (MSS2457) fitted. MSS2380 appears to have been installed at that time, but when the last owner obtained it, the present engine (MSS1157) had replaced it. The same letter chronicled that it had originally been exported to Melbourne, Australia, returning in 1946 to be registered as 'MMV 162'. When acquired, the bike was MoT'd, and may have been used for a short period, but has been dry garage-stored and not used since approximately 1994. It will, therefore, need careful re-commissioning and safety checks prior to use on the road by a new owner. Documentation comprises a current V5C, an old V5C, an original RF60 continuation buff log book dated 1953, an old MoT certificate, the aforementioned copy invoice and dating letter, plus sundry papers. The machine is presently on SORN.

£6,000 - 9,000
€6,700 - 10,000
To be sold without reserve

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.


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