The “Velocette” came about in 1913 as a way to differentiate 2-stroke models from the 4-strokes that Veloce making at the time. Company founders preferred the “ette” to the point that they the renamed the brand. No matter the name, the British firm earned a reputation of a fine builder of top-notch 2-strokers with clever technology such as a oil pump that was controlled by the throttle, coil-ignition, and other features that led to some success in races like the Isle of Man TT. The GTP was the final evolution of Velocette’s two-stroke development – production ran from 1930 until 1946.
Early examples paired the 249cc 2-stroke single with a 3-speed hand-shifted transmission, though post-1934 GTPs like this one have a 4-speed gearbox operated with your right foot. It weighs just under 250 pounds and has a claimed top speed of 57 miles per hour. The tank carries 1.75 gallons of fuel which are fed through an Amal carb.
This example has been restored and the seller states that it is “a museum piece not a bike to be ridden on the road.” As such, all the fluids have been drained but the seller further notes that everything works. Issues seem to be limited to a patched seat and a small dent in the front fender “caused by the front suspension bottoming out”. The seller thinks this bike belongs in a shop window, but I’m hoping the next owner gets this bike back on the road. If you’re feeling up for it, find this Velo GTP for sale in Arrowsic, Maine for $8,000 here on Craigslist.
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