Lot 204 - 1965 Velocette Venom to 350cc Viper Specification
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
Velocette is the name given to motorcycles that were made by Veloce Ltd, in Birmingham. One of several motorcycle manufacturers in the city, Velocette was a small, family-owned firm selling far fewer hand-built motorcycles than the giant BSA, Norton or Triumph concerns.
This Velocette was first registered in October 1965 and was rebuilt from a 500cc to a 350cc by specialist Velocette engine rebuilders Seymour whose plate is stamped on the engine. Prior to the 1997 rebuild, the current vendor had completely restored this example which formed part of a larger collection; since the Viper rebuild, it has only been used on the Mendip run but a few times.
Recent maintenance includes a new battery, carburettor, tyres and re-upholstered seat whilst the petrol tank has been treated inside, re-sprayed and lacquered with new transfers. We are informed the bike is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, is an excellent starter and is very quiet. Accompanied by a new MoT test certificate, it is worth noting that the original 500 cylinder head is available and a new owner could easily obtain a 500 barrel and piston to return this to a Venom 500 at very little cost if he so wished.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.