2012 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
17

c1939 Velocette 350cc Mac Motorcycle

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Specifications

Engine 350cc Single
Gearbox 4-Speed Manual
Colour Black
Trim Vinyl

Description

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The Veloce Motor Company Ltd. (VMC) built four-stroke motorcycles and light cars from 1905 to 1913, when the company manufactured its first 2-stroke model called the Velocette' designed by Percy Goodman. While the firm made its name with its exotic overhead camshaft bikes, winning a string of TTs in the 1920s, and first place at the 1930 Manx Grand Prix, Velocette models also catered for more modest pockets with their pretty 350 singles. Surprisingly torquey and lacking in vibration, the frame designed by Australian Phil Irving gave a safe and pleasant ride and their appearance hardly changed from the early 1930s to their demise in the early 1970s. Following the MOV 250 launched in 1933, the overhead valve MAC 350 offered 120km/h from its 349cc high-camshaft pushrod engine, which was equipped with short rocker arms to reduce vibration and soon became a firm favourite as a smooth, straightforward, slimline, single-cylinder sports bike.