Well, here’s something unusual…
Speaking to a very good friend and Velocette Owner’s Club member (among other clubs!), Pud, it sort of sifted through that he was prepared to sell one of his bikes off.
Now Pud, it must be said, is actually a TWO-STROKE man, if the truth be told, so this cammy stands out amongst the other bikes that he has designated as ‘keepers’ (one of which is a 250cc, 1936 Velocette GTP that is ‘bog’-standard and as it came out of the shop, also down to the push-me-pull-you throttle arrangement). He goes back a long, long way with the marque Velocette and has a multitude of knowledge on almost every detail of every model ever made…but in his chest, there buzzes a two-stroke heart, nonetheless.
And so, he now offers this rather rare (especially in this condition) ‘Cammy’ Velo up for sale. He is NOT as computer-savvy as yours truly and so I asked him if he would mind if I ‘put it about’ on my website, with a few pictures to whet the appetite of would-be purchasers, or just to get some pictures of a nice bike up on the web!
No worries, so courtesy of the iPhone (who can deny the sheer practicality of such ‘smartphones’ any more!?), here are a few pictures and words to show what this is and to give some detail for those who have never even seen one in picture-books! Anyone interested can contact me, but the asking price is commensurate with the rarity and condition of the bike and so it cannot be had for the same as a mere Venom…
Still has the original cables doing their job. The outers may not look great, but the inners, in this climate, still doing fine! Note the older ‘Webb” script on the upper link.
Adjustable seating position with 3 rear saddle spring mounts: The front saddle ‘nose’ mount is on a separate ‘collar’ casting, which can be slid back and forth on the frame to accommodate the position of the rear springs!
Not just ‘period’, these are the original fittings.
I’d put a chain on that bath plug, in case I forgot it…!
Visible in the centre is the original oil-tank tap, to stop the oil draining from the tank into the crankcase when parked up…
Cast chain-case, of course! (in need of a wipe-over…was washed, but not dried off last time!)
Very few bright plated parts, those that are, came from external suppliers, like this oil-tank cap… it wasn’t until later that bright chrome became more utilised. At this time, if chrome was used, it was usually ‘satin’ or ‘dull’ chrome, or even nickel or cadmium, as can be seen on carburettors etc of the time.
A nice picture of the ‘controls’ (and my finger again!)
…and the ‘leatherette’ ‘tool-box’, with (worn)real leather straps!
Lots of pictures, I know, but for the most part, they can say more than my words can, don’t you think?
© peter gouws 2012