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1967 Velocette MSS

Velocette MSS with sidecar
The Venom is perhaps the first motorcycle that springs to mind when Velocette is mentioned, but this MSS has a certain style too. The MSS was launched in 1935, but WWII halted production and it wasn’t until 1954 that an updated, improved model reappeared. It was fitted with sidecar lugs, which this owner has taken advantage of, and was also offered with factory-fitted panniers. The MSS’ 499 cc, OHV air cooled single motor had good tuning potential—and it was this very potential that spurred the factory to offer the 1955 Venom as a factory-built high performance model. The lovely MSS pictured is for sale in Boston for $12,000, and has been with the same owner since 1972. The sidecar is not a factory fitment, but a Watsonian—a product with an equally enduring and esteemed history. [Thanks to Seth Goodling for spotting this one.]