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C.1932 VELOCETTE 348CC KTT/KSS (LOT 391) SOLD by Auction

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  • £6,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1932
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Price £6,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Velocette
Model KTT/KSS
Year 1932
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1248050
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


THE EX-BASIL KEYS
C.1932 VELOCETTE 348CC KTT/KSS (LOT 391)
FRAME NO. KT 1460 (SEE TEXT)
ENGINE NO. KTT 308 (SEE TEXT)
• Very sporty cammy Velo
• Built many years ago
• Crankcases 'KTT308' formed part of a machine supplied to Mitchells Huddersfield on 29th May 1931 "for Junior TT"

Alec Bennett's runaway win in the 7 lap 1926 Junior TT, when he fell off on the last lap and still won by over 10 minutes, is a testament to just how far ahead of the competition Veloce were with their new K model. This was the beginning of some very successful years. They moved into the Hall Green factory to cater for the increased demand. On the Island they were 2nd in 1927, 1st and 2nd in 1928, and 1st and 3rd in 1929. The KTT production racer, perhaps their most famous model, was launched at the 1928 Olympia show. For many decades afterwards clubmen used the superb mark one cammy Velocette with great success in their chosen branch of motorcycle sport.

Basil Keys, the previous owner of this machine, had an extraordinary motorcycling career including multiple successes at Brooklands, Gatwick Speed Trials, Brighton Speed Trials, and even a TT win. With his brother he went on to open a successful dealership in Worthing.

Since being sold in the 2018 Bonhams Autumn Stafford sale this very light ex Basil Keys Velocette has not been started and has been largely untouched. It is offered once again solely because of the vendor's urgent need of more space. The Velo's history while in Basil Keys' ownership is unknown. It was clearly built many years ago and is not road registered. Nothing is known of the specification or condition of the internal components of the engine or gearbox, but everything appears to go round. The constituent parts include a KTT crankcase no. KTT308, KSS barrel, head and cambox, circa 1932 frame (the "KT" prefix is almost impossible to decipher), the forks are Ariel, the 4 speed Velo gearbox is 1933-1935, the KTT mark IV style sub-frame rails are a bonus, reducing stress on the gearbox lug and adding rigidity, an Amal TT carburettor, and a BTH magneto which was kindly supplied by the Keys family following the previous sale (it was missing when sold in 2018). The oil tank still bears its now delightfully patinated Brighton and District Motorcycle Club badge.

The Mitchell brothers both competed in the 1931 Junior TT riding Velocette KTTs. According to the Velocette despatch records KTT307 and KTT308 were supplied to Mitchells Huddersfield on 29th May 1931 "for Junior TT", but it is not known which bike was ridden by which brother. A. G. Mitchell finished 7th and was the first Velocette home, whilst his brother Hirst retired on lap 4. One of those bikes (see photo) was fitted with the crankcase in this machine.

Following a lengthy period of inactivity re-commissioning will be required before further use. Prospective bidders should satisfy themselves as to the motorcycle's completeness and mechanical condition.

£6,000 - 8,000
€6,700 - 8,900

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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