The 1966 Velocette Thruxton ON SALE
RARE 50 YEAR OLD VELOCETTE THRUXTON
This 1966 Velocette Thruxton, currently exhibited and widely admired at the National Motorcycle Museum, on sale at Donington Park on July 28th.
Estimated to sell for £12,000, this great survivor of a time when British motorcycles
raced successfully will be entered with NO RESERVE
The Velocette was the last great British single, outlasting other British marrques by almost a decade. The Velocette Thruxton lived long enough to race against the first of the modern Japanese superbikes. But in 1971 Velocette shut down its Hall Green, Birmingham factory and quietly went out of business.
The Thruxton was a true factory-built cafe racer. Its immediate predecessor, the Venom, had already made a good name for itself in performance circles despite running an antiquated 500cc pushrod motor. In 1961 a works-supported team of riders set the world 24-hour speed record, and in '64 another Venom took a class win at the Thruxton 500-mile endurance race, crown jewel of England's popular and hotly contested Production roadracing series.
That victory gave Velocette a great excuse to hot-rod the Venom and make the resulting 1965 Thruxton an even better race bike.
The engine was upgraded with a flowed cylinder head, bigger valves and a downdraft intake tract. Working through a close-ratio gearbox, the Thruxton put out 40-41 horsepower.
It did not take long for success to find the Thruxton. Another class win in the 1965 500-miler made for a great debut, and in '67 a pair of Thruxtons finished 1-2 in the inaugural running of the Production TT at the Isle of Man. Before production ceased, Velocette made approximately 1100 Thruxtons.
Mark Bryan, Head of Motorcycles at H&H says: “It is super rare to find a bike like this which is not even on the Velocette Owners Club register! This motorcycle is a very real and rare discovery.”
Vehicle Registration: MPG502D in Original Condition - it has had two owners from new and has been in storage since the 1970's. it will require re-commissioning.
to the National Motorcycle Museum where it is currently on display in marked contrast to all the magnificently restored motorcycles on show.
Author: H&H Classics