1935 velocette mss ts
1954 velocette mss prototype
note oil drain pipes from rocker box.
Launched in 1935 as a 500cc sports version but World War II halted production which didn't resume until 1954. The new MSS was a much more modern machine with the same frame as the Velocette MAC and was fitted with sidecar lugs and had optional panniers to appeal to the touring market. Buyers started tuning the MSS for speed, however, and the factory responded by producing the sports Velocette Venom model. In 1955 a scrambles version was also produced. Racing motorcyclist Burt Munro from New Zealand who featured in the film The World's Fastest Indian raced a heavily modified 1936 Velocette MSS. Racing preparation included making special pistons, changing the frame and increasing engine capacity to 650cc. His top speed record on this motorcycle was 138mph with a 1/4 mile time of 12.31 seconds.
1955 velocette mss ts
1957 velocette mss 500cc
Velocette MSS 1953-68, 499cc, ohv single, 400lb, 60mpg, 80mph. Gentle touring 500, the last of the breed with good steering, comfort & reliability. Traditional separate engine & gearbox with a strange clutch arrangement.
Velocette MSS 500
1960 velocette mss ds
us spec, outside lou branch's shop in la
1965 velocette mss