One of Velocette’s least-known creations is a scooter called the Viceroy. It made sense in theory but sales were poor and production ended after just 700 were sold over 4 years (1960-1964). Obviously, they’re now hard to find, especially in the US.
The motor is a 250cc flat twin two-stroke that sends approximately 15 horsepower through a 4-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The Viceroy was all about ease of use, which is why it also came with an electric starter. It was capable of cruising at 65 miles per hour. According to Stuff, “leftover engines were used in early hovercraft experiments” but they don’t have any additional information.
This example is called “Conroy’s Follie”, and it has that title painted on the front. The previous owner of this scoot claims that this specific bike was in the Velocette display at the 1962 Earls Court show. In the seller’s words, “It’s ugly, but it has it’s original light blue paint.” It said to run and it’s got a new battery. The sale also includes the owner’s handbook, service manual, an “Illustrated Workshop Manual”, and a period poster.
Find this Viceroy for sale here on Craigslist in DeLand, Florida for $7,700.
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