Lot 326 - 1939 Velocette MOV (250cc)
|Odometer reading||21,274 miles|
|Estimate||£5,500 - £7,500|
|Result||Sold - £7,504|
In 1933, Velocette decided to introduce a new line of overhead valve machines in order to cut production costs and make a more affordable motorcycle. The K-Series was expensive to produce, requiring selective hand assembly of the shaft-and-bevel camshaft drive; it was determined that a simpler OHV design would be quicker to build and require less skilled labour to assemble. The first of these new machines was the MOV, using a 250cc engine of 'square' dimensions. It was an immediate success, having lively performance for the time and proved a reliable machine with excellent road manners. Velocette went on to build a 350cc version for use primarily by the British army.
It is one of these that is the basis for this modified version. Whilst the frame and ancillaries are correct, it was an MAC in origin but has now been converted to the far more desirable and better performing MOV specification with a 250cc engine installed. It also has a new cylinder head, cylinder and piston and is reported to run very well indeed with a very lively motor. Restored just two years ago, all chrome work, exhaust and paintwork is in good condition and the motorcycle, overall, presents well. It has been carefully maintained by a long standing Velocette enthusiast and forms part of a fascinating collection of these classic English motorcycles.
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