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World War II saw the factory again being involved in work for the war effort, however this time, some motorcycles were produced but mainly for use by the fire service.
When full production resumed after the war, only the MOV, MAC, MSS and KSS models were listed.
As the Webb girder forks were no longer being manufactured, the models were fitted with Dowty telescopic foirks.
From 1949, of the "M" series, only the MAC model remained in production.

1948 saw the introduction of the LE (Little Engine) Velocette.
This unusual machine had a 149cc water cooled engine mounted in a pressed steel frame that included footboards and leg shields.
The engine was started by a hand operated mechanism that also retracted the centre stand.
Power was transmitted by a shaft to the rear wheel via a hand change gearbox.
The general public did not really take to this machine and in 1950, the engine size was increased to 192cc and further changes included the use of a kick starter and a foot change gearbox.

Percy Goodman died in 1951 and Velocette had now stopped their racing activities.
Two new sports motorcycles were introduced for road use in 1956, the 350cc Viper and the 500cc Venom.
"Clubman's" racing versions of both these motorcycles were also available.
The Viper and Venom motorcycles were offered with the option of a fairing and were known as the "Veeline" models.
In March 1961, a team of riders took a Venom Veeline Clubmans model to Montlhery in France to establish a world record for 24 hours at an average speed of 100.05mph. 

Velocette made further versions of the LE.
The "Valiant" was an overhead valve version produced between 1956 and 1963.
In 1963, the "Vogue" appeared. This featured glass fibre two tone bodywork with twin headlamps, however, less than five hundred were made.
Orders for the LE were never as high as first expected.

 

In 1964, the "Thruxton" was introduced. This was the ultimate in the development of the "M" series.

 

Velocette Thruxton Venom painting by Steve Dunn.


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 Velocette Thruxton Venom painting by Steve Dunn

By this time, Veloce Limited were starting to struggle financially.
It had not helped that the company had experimented with building a scooter known as the "Viceroy".
Although the "Viceroy" was advanced in design, it could not hope to compete with the Italian manufacturers who had a firm hold of the scooter market.
In 1971, Veloce Limited went into voluntary liquidation.
 

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