Velocette is the name given to motorcycles made by Veloce Ltd, in Hall Green, Birmingham, England. One of
several motorcycle manufacturers in Birmingham, Velocette was a small, family-owned firm, selling almost
as many hand-built motorcycles during its lifetime, as the mass-produced machines of the giant BSA and
Norton concerns. Renowned for the quality of its products, the company was “always in the picture” in
international motorcycle racing, from the mid-1920s through the 1950s, culminating in two World
Championship titles (1949–1950 350 cc) and its legendary and still-unbeaten
(for single-cylinder, 500 cc machines) 24 hours at over 100 mph (161 km/h) record. Veloce, while small, was
a great technical innovator and many of its patented designs are commonplace on motorcycles today, including
the positive-stop foot shift and swinging arm rear suspension with hydraulic dampers.
The Velocette Venom was introduced in 1956 and replaced the touring MSS, which dated back to the 1940s.
Such was the popularity of the Venom its production continued until 1971 when Velocette went into liquidation.
This bike is in nice clean condition been in a small collection for several years. The bike has been fitted with
popular ‘rear sets’ and ‘ace bars’ and oozes all the Grand Prix experience Velocette gained.