Velocette 1967 499cc 1 cyl OHV Thruxton 3407



Velocette 1967 499cc OHV “Thruxton” Frame # RS19158 Engine # VMT 489 JSS
Gearbox # 12-12112

The Truxton, designed in 1965 by Bertie Goodman, was almost an instant legend after a series of impressive results on various racing tracks, where its average speed often exceeded 100 mph. The name referred to the former RAF airfield north of Southampton, where since the early fifties motorcycle races were held and where in 1968 a proper racing circuit was established. The high performance production racer, which was also sold over the counter in road going version, was a perfect choice for both the fast touring enthusiast and the racing buff. In 1965 the 500 mile race (held at Castle Comb that year) was won and two years later two Thruxtons gained first and second places in the Production TT that was first staged at the Isle of Man that year. Standard equipment on the Truxton were rearward placed footrests and brake and gear pedals, close-ratio four speed gearbox, aluminium wheel rims, duplex front brake and John Tickle clip-ons. Output was a healthy 41 bhp, 5 more than the Venom. The machine could be bought in two colour combinations, the traditional black with gold lining or the more exotic version with blue frame, forks and seat and silver tank with gold lining. In all, slightly more than 1100 Thruxtons were manufactured between 1965 and 1971, when the company folded. Specifications: single cylinder OHV with pushrods, bore x stroke 86×86, compression ratio 9:1, 1 3/8 inch Amal GP carb, dry sump lubrication, magneto ignition, dynamo 6 volt 60 Watts, wet multi-plate clutch, 41 bhp@6200 rpm, top speed 172 km/h.

According to accompanying Thruxton Machine Register information this particular example has matching numbers and was dispatched from the factory on January 20th, 1967 to the dealer F. Frith of Grimsby. The first owner was a Mr. D. Briggs of London, the last owner on record was Dutchman Jan Strijbis, who worked between 1965 and 1969 in Britain as a motorcycle mechanic and became well-known for his racing activities. When Strijbis returned to The Netherlands he brought the Velo with him. In later years the machine was restored to a high standard in the pleasant blue and silver colour combination. This well-sorted Thruxton comes with Smiths 120 mph speedo and 8000 rpm rev counter, BTH racing magneto, Amal 15GP2 carb and Dunlop WM2 alloy rims.