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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.


1960 Velocette LE

1960 Velocette LE

Country: Great Britain
Engine: Water-cooled, horizontally opposed, twin cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 8bhp @5,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 50 x 49mm
Displacement: 192cc
Valves: Side
Fuel system: Single Amal 12mm carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed, shaft final drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 263lb
Top speed: 55mph
Gas mileage: 80-100mpg

1960 Velocette LE

This unique and unconventional machine was widely used by over 50 police departments in England; its uncanny silence enabled the “Bobby” to patrol back streets and alleys at night without disturbing residents. The angular styling was not popular with the buying public and sales declined until production stopped in 1970, when Velocette closed their doors.

 1960 Velocette LE

1960 Velocette LE