c.1960 Velocette 499cc Venom Registration no. not registered Frame no. RS 43446 Engine no. VM 4703
Introduced in 1956, the Venom sports roadster was derived from the touring MSS. The latter had disappeared from the range in 1948, re-appearing in 1954 with a new swinging-arm frame and telescopic front fork. The engine too was up-dated, gaining 'square' bore and stroke dimensions of 86x86mm together with an alloy cylinder barrel and 'head. The MSS frame and forks were retained for the Venom and its 350 sibling, the Viper, while new full-width alloy hubs were adopted to boost braking power, and smart chromed mudguards fitted to enhance the models' sporting image. Restored in the 1990s, this Venom has been fitted with alloy wheel rims and an Amal Concentric carburettor. Not used for some years, the machine will require re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.