After World War II, Velocette sold the LE (Little Engine), a completely new design that was all about cheap, efficient transportation who wanted individual transportation. An evolution of the LE, this Velocette Valiant was supposed to be a sportier version, with more power, better styling, an extra gear on the transmission, and more.
Power jumped up to 12 horsepower, though it was still considered under powered in its day. Surprisingly, the little 192cc engine is actually a boxer twin, with tiny .625 inch Amal Monoblocs. And though all the spec numbers were small, the price wasn’t. In a time where you could buy a Tiger Cub for $430, the Valiant was $600. Just 1,600 were ever built. For a thorough description of the Valiant, check out this retrospective from Rider Magazine.
This specific Velocette Valiant is unfortunately missing the cowling that drapes over the engine as a styling accessory. Instead, you get a giant fairing that reminds me of an uglier Batwing” that you see on Harleys. It was restored 4 years ago and has just 100 miles on it since the work was done. The seller is a little ambitious, which phrases like “tremendous power for only 200cc”, but it’s absolutely a rare and unique bike that you won’t see many else of.
Find this Velocette Valiant for sale in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania with an opening bid of $5,300