2012-07-05 14:04:47+0000
  • Make:
  • Velocette
  • Model:
  • 500 Venom Thruxton
  • Year:
  • 1965

A British made motorcycle, the Velocette 500 Venom Thruxton was in production form 1965 to 1971. It has a 499cc, air-cooled, OHV single engine. The original Venom had a top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h).

The Thruxton was a special race kit for a Velocette Venom, complete with revised cylinder head, an Amal Grand Prix carburetor and reworked cam followers. The Venom Thruxton was a true racer, with a full race specification cylinder head and a carburetor so large it required a distinctive cut away in the bottom of the fuel tank. The Thruxton kit boosted performance of the Venom up to 120 mph (193 km/h). The Venom Thruxton won the Thruxton 500 in 1965, and achieved 1st and 2nd place in 1967 at the Production TT, held at Isle of Man that year.

A total of 1108 Thruxton's were built. Although it had more power than the Venom the Thruxton couldn't save Velocette and the company closed in 1971, with remaining stock sold until the mid 70's. The Thruxton has gone on to become one of the most sought after Velocette motorcycles, and many private owners convert standard Venoms to the more valuable Thruxton specification. A Thruxton kitted Velocette Venom can be sold in the high thousands.

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