1931 Velocette 348cc GTPKTT Racing Motorcycle For Sale by Auction
The Velocette name was rolled out for the first time in 1913, after earlier models had carried the 'Veloce' title. Velocette's first TT victory would not be until the junior race of 1926 with Alec Bennett aboard the firm's radical overhead-camshaft four-stroke Model K, which had joined the range in 1925. Having been firmly committed to two-stroke engines up to this point, the Bennett victory sealed Velocette's change of tack, and thenceforth the company's future would forever be linked mainly to four-strokes. Other OHC models were produced before the KTT appeared in 1928 and attempted further to capitalise on the firm's racing success. This machine was assembled by the owner, utilising the frame from a GTP, and a KTT-specification engine. It was intended for use as a sprint or hillclimb mount and was used by the vendor for this purpose most years from completion in approximately 2000 until 2018. The machine benefits from additional frame strengthening to help cope with competition use, and also had new crankcases when built. Only basic maintenance has been needed during that time on the bike, which has performed faultlessly. However, due to his advancing years, the vendor has reluctantly decided that he must retire from competition. Unused now for two years, the bike will require safety checks and a modicum of re-commissioning prior to use by a new owner. Lubricant is mineral oil. Also of note is the 4-speed gearbox and coil valve springs. There are no documents with this machine.
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.
Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am
Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am
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 by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.
Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 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 using the 'Message the seller' button.
COLLECTION OF PURCHASED LOTS
Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.
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