Built at Hall Green Birmingham, England between 1955 and 1970 approximately 5,721 Venoms are said to have been produced.
In 1961 a factory-prepared Venom fitted with a full fairing supported by a team of riders set the 24-hour world record at a speed of 100.05 mph (161.01 km/h) at the famous banked Montlhery racetrack in France. It was the first motorcycle of any size to achieve an average speed of over 100 mph for 24 hours and remarkably no other motorcycle of the same capacity has been able to equal this record.
Poor trading conditions over a number of following years forced the company into voluntarily liquidation in 1971, another victim of the declining British motorcycle industry at the hands of the might of new bikes from the Japanese.
This Venom from 1961 was purchased by the vendor in 1988 and was subject to a restoration shortly afterwards, the work was quite comprehensive and included an engine rebuild.
Since the work was completed it has remained virtually unused in a private collection. It remains in excellent overall condition and is in working order although buyers should make customary checks before returning the bike to road use. It is supplied with a UK V5C logbook, workshop manual and invoices for parts detailing the work completed.
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