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1961 VELOCETTE 500CC VENOM (LOT 432) SOLD by Auction

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  • £8,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1961
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Price £8,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Velocette
Model VENOM
Year 1961
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 22-Jul-2020
Ref C1248296
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


1961 VELOCETTE 500CC VENOM (LOT 432)
REGISTRATION NO. 380 MYD
FRAME NO. RS-15911
ENGINE NO. VM-4860
• Remarkably detailed recent history
• Evidence of enthusiastic care
• Boasting a Thruxton tank
• Matching numbers, on VOC Register

The Venom was the model that gave the Velocette company's road models a status other manufacturers could only covet. If the specification of a British single cylinder model with pushrod power unit seemed too humble to excite those looking for fine engineering and performance to match, its reputation as both a rapid tourer and a very successful racer in production machine events quickly dispelled such doubts. Success in the Thruxton 500 Mile endurance events and the remarkable 1961 capture of the World 500cc 24 Hour speed record by a team of riders with an average speed of 100.05 mph confirmed the model's standing. In 1967 the Production TT was revived in the Isle of Man and local man Neil Kelly rode an example of the Thruxton version to victory.

If the product of the Goodman family's careful output in the Hall Green, Birmingham, works was one to attract the attention and loyal support of enthusiasts with a respect for engineering, 380 MYD is evidence of the fact. It comes with a considerable file of purchase records back to 1999, all from recognised and respected specialists. Previous owner William Gibbeson fitted a Thruxton tank to give extra fuel capacity and the use of stainless steel throughout the motorcycle confirms its previous owners' determination to keep its proud appearance. It was bought by the vendor from M & S Motorcycles in Newcastle; the bill of sale is part of the file that adds to the history of a fine machine that deserved a knowledgeable owner.

£8,000 - 10,000
€8,900 - 11,000
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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