Community Classic and Custom Motorcycles 1966 Velocette Thruxton Café Racer At Auction | Current Museum Piece

1966 Velocette Thruxton Café Racer At Auction | Current Museum Piece

1966 Velocette Thruxton Café Racer No Reserve Auction

1966 Velocette Thruxton for sale

For café racer enthusiasts looking to pick up an authentic piece of history, H&H Classics will be auctioning a 1966 Velocette Thruxton at the Donington Park Auction on July 28, 2016. “It is super rare to find a bike in this condition, which is not even on the Velocette Owners Club register,” according to Mark Bryan, Head of Motorcycles at H&H Classics. “This motorcycle is a very real and rare discovery.”

1966 Velocette Thruxton motorWhen it was new, the 1966 Velocette Thruxton was a coveted café racer straight from the factory. Based on the highly successful Velocette Venom, the Thruxton had a better flowing cylinder head with larger valves and a downdraft intake track. Good for over 40 horsepower from the big air-cooled 500cc OHV pushrod thumper—perfectly square at 86mm x 86mm—the Thruxton used a close-ratio four-speed gearbox to great success. Maximum power came at 6200 rpm.

With Velocette Thruxtons going 1-2 in the first running of the Production TT at the 1967 Isle of Man meeting, the bike established its competition bona fides. An earlier win in a 500-mile endurance race proved that the Velocette Thruxton was both a competitive racer and a reliable machine.

Suspension on the 1966 Velocette Thruxton comes from traditional forks with damping in both directions (not a given at the time), as well as twin damped shocks with adjustable top mounting points. Period-appropriate 19-inch wheels are used at both ends of the 390-pound (dry) Thruxton, and the top speed was 110 mph. Twin leading shoe drums slowed the front wheel, with a single leading shoe drum in the back.

Currently on display a the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, England, the 1966 Velocette Thruxton is being auctioned with no reserve, and an expectation of a selling price of £12,000 (about $16,000) or less. Hagerty values a concours 1966 Velocette Thruxton at $30,00, and a fair condition example at $15,000. Just over 1100 examples were built by Velocette.

Photography courtesy of H&H Classics

1966 Velocette Thruxton Café Racer Gallery

Don Williams
Don Williamshttp://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com
With 45 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

Marc Marquez: 4 – Yes 4 – More Years with Honda MotoGP

Yes - you read that correctly. Marc Marquez has extended his contract with Honda Racing Corporation by four years - something we don't often see...

2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary Review (9 Fast Facts)

2020 is a big year for the Indian Scout as Indian Motorcycle celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Scout. It started in 1920 with...

2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Review (8 Fast Facts)

The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy grows up in 2020. The petite 107 is dropped, and you have only one motor choice for The Plump One—the...

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Test at Portimão & Algarve Streets

The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R makes no bones about what it was designed to do, with nearly every aspect of it being conducive to collecting tickets as if they were merit badges.

Honda VF700C Magna : One of the Hondas that Harley Built (Tariff Bike)

Say what? Harley built Hondas? Well, no, not in so many nuts and bolts. But back in the early 1980s, Harley-Davidson did take some actions that led directly to a series of bikes from Japanese motorcycle manufacturers as a result. They are sometimes referred to as the “tariff bikes.”

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Review (27 Fast Facts)

The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro are the English marque’s brand-new off-road-focused adventure motorcycles. The pair are part of the all-new...