Lot 324 - 1958 Velocette MSS (500cc)
|Odometer reading||2,734 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £8,500|
|Result||Sold - £6,944|
Velocette is often seen as one of the 'high class' marques; something of a cut above the ubiquitous parallel twin and far more refined than the average single-cylinder. The 499cc MSS is a pleasant and practical sporting single. The later versions have comfortable suspension and a broad spread of torque making the MSS a relaxed ride over longer distances. From 1948 Velocette turned their attention to building the LE and discontinued the MSS but a re-worked 500 returned in 1954 with all the modern conveniences of the time. Its output of just 25bhp sounds modest but the MSS made the most of Velocette's excellent sprung frame which Cyril Ayton once described as 'virtually faultless'. Velocette's own telescopic front forks provided superb steering with fully-adjustable rear suspension provided by Woodhead-Monroe springs.
The MSS looked smart, too, in gleaming black and gold with its fishtail silencer and slightly stepped dual saddle. Owned for just three years by the vendor, a Velocette specialist based in Lancashire and long-time collector of the marque, this is a fully restored example that took place some time ago and it now sports a lovely period patina. Described by the vendor as in good all round running order, including engine, gearbox and clutch etc. It also benefits from a freshly restored magneto. Much cared for, this is a desirable model and priced well.
Interested parties should note that there is believed to be a slight blockage to the fuel line entering the carburettor.
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