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1937 Velocette 498cc MSS
Registration no. XFF 649
Frame no. 3776
Engine no. 2618

Whilst the focus of the Velocette firm's revered range of motorcycles is often concentrated upon their 350cc models, Hall Green also produced some equally fine half litre machines. The MSS is an excellent example, and became a popular seller after it was announced in the mid-1930s. The same engine, with a few period modifications, went on to power the post-war Venom and Scrambler models; continuing in production until 1969.

XFF was bought in 1999 from the vendor's late brother, a lifelong Velocette enthusiast, who'd just completed a full restoration. Following its acquisition the MSS was rarely used by the present owner, who had an alternative lighter machine, and not at all over the last decade, confirmed by its last MOT Certificate which expired in June 2005. Until five years ago the Velo was occasionally started, since when the elderly owner has simply resorted to turning the engine at regular intervals. It has clearly been very carefully stored over the last decade. It should be noted that at some point before the present family's ownership the original registration number, ADR 31, was sold. Offered in immaculate condition, and close to the manufacturer's original specification, the bike is supplied with V5C, an earlier V5, and old-style log book.

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