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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

1940/54 Velocette Special

1940-54 Velocette Special 3

1940/54 Velocette Special

Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: B.T.H. magneto
Bore x Stroke: 74 x 81mm
Displacement: 348cc
Valves: Single overhead cam
Fuel System: Amal grand Prix carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 380lb
Top Speed: 85mph

1940-54 Velocette Special 2

This is a "Special," a 1940 KSS overhead camshaft motor housed in a 1954 spring-framed chassis. A sports model engine combined with a modern chassis was a quite popular conversion. Velocette built this example for an employee, a Mr. Gooden, to commemorate 50 years association with the company. The paint color is appropriate for a Golden Anniversary.

1940-54 Velocette Special