Lot 350 - 1966 Velocette Thruxton (500cc)
|Odometer reading||2,670 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £30,000|
Revealed at the 1964 Earls Court Show, the Thruxton was the final development of Velocette's pushrod single, the Venom. Due to the high values involved and possibility of fakes, a register was established by a member of the Velocette Owners Club, using production data of engine and frame numbers acquired after the factory closure, to enable owners and potential buyers to confirm provenance when selling and buying. It should be noted that this example is fully registered with accompanying documentation in the history file. The Thruxton production model was introduced in 1965 with an advertised 41 horsepower at the crankshaft with period tests clocking it at 110mph without race tuning. The well-proven Venom was improved by Velocette designer (and owning-family member) Bertie Goodman with rearward placed footrests having brake pedal and remote gear-change linkage to suit, close-ratio four speed gearbox, alloy rims, twin-leading shoe front brake and 'clip-on' handle bars. The engine gained a race specification cylinder head to accommodate extra-large valves, a downdraught inlet port and an Amal 5GP2 13/8 bore carburettor with extended inlet tract which was so long it required a special cut out in the rear of the fuel tank. It was important for eligibility in endurance races such as the Thruxton 500 that competing motorcycles were genuine production machines but, although the Velocette Thruxton was sold in a road-going version, it was really targeted at the racing fraternity.
There is, probably, no better Thruxton available on the market today. It has been comprehensively restored from the ground up and presents, as you would expect, in superb condition throughout. Indeed so clean and 'new' is this motorcycle, it is kept in the vendor's living room. It has covered just a handful of miles since the restoration and also benefits from a new 12 volt battery and a £2,000 Alton electric starter; a very welcome and modest nod to modern motoring. There is a full history including many invoices for work and parts within the history file as well as the original log book, current MoT test certificate and registration document from the 'Thruxton Machine Register'.
In short, stunning.
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