Lot 359 - 1960 Velocette MSS
|Odometer reading||8,045 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
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.
Registered 18th March 1960, although according to factory records both the engine and frame are dated to 1955, it is supplied with an MoT test certificate until January 2016. This is a fine running and solid example although largely unrestored and in original condition. It appears the bike was fitted with a new clutch in 2009 and also has a small file of bills relating to maintenance work. The body work is showing signs of wear but the fuel tank has no dents. The forks and the wheel rims are all in good condition and the bike is generally corrosion free. It was recently fitted with a new battery and Amal Mono Bloc carburettor.
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