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Barry

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Velocette LE
« on: March 28, 2014, 09:50:01 AM »
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131150256923?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649

Don't see many of these for sale - looks like a bargain............................ ;D

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2014, 10:17:38 AM »
Another with a pinched number plate sad!!
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Barry

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 10:44:06 AM »
I think the numberplate 'SLK 479' is available separately and could be reunited with the bike for about £2000+   :-\

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 01:32:13 PM »
Not rare by any standards barry - at least 8 on ebay alone right now and with over 9 days left it won't sell for that price . Known as noddy bikes and used by the police - but not as a pursuit vehicle! Being sold by invacar70 , is he one of us - or indeed one of them ?  ;)
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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2014, 01:46:22 PM »
I must come clean rather than dig a hole.  Invacar70 is in fact me......... ;D

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014, 11:36:07 PM »
LE Velos are not rare.. they are excellent though hence I have 15 of them!!!

All currently retaining their original registrations.......   ;)

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2014, 06:43:14 AM »
We had a few. Odd machine in ways but well made engine. They used to be cheaper than Bantams. Had an ex Police one with plate J*K 999, or the other way round. Was it a Scooter or a Motorcycle?
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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2014, 08:11:52 AM »
LE Velos are not rare.. they are excellent though hence I have 15 of them!!!

All currently retaining their original registrations.......   ;)

Grommit

In some parts 15 is a very unlucky number whereas 16 brings good fortune.  Perhaps you need another one?

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2014, 10:31:46 AM »
Yours is already twice as much as I paid for my last one and unfortunately yours has lost its original reg… ;)

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2014, 11:02:35 AM »
ah ! the pros and cons of raising ones own sales on the forum  ;D
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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2014, 11:33:12 AM »
Yours is already twice as much as I paid for my last one and unfortunately yours has lost its original reg… ;)

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But you bought your last one in 1976 :)

I know the old LE Velocette does not make a lot of money.  But, like the Peel Trident, they are probably just about to take-off   ;D

I took the number off because I thought I would lose it anyway when they changed to the no pre 1960 MOT rules - no MOT = No transfer. The bike was beyond economical restoration but could easily be put back on the road.

It was very difficult to find out what would happen so I didn't take any chances.  The reg number is on a retention certificate and could be reunited.  My conscience is almost clear..... ??? 
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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2014, 11:52:55 AM »
We must be the only country in the world that worries about registration numbers. I have not removed and sold them from my vehicles but I have to say they mean nothing to me. I bought and restored them because I liked the vehicles, not something issued by the government. I know the numbers are part of the history but then so is a number change, isn't it? Still I guess we all see these things differently.

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2014, 01:02:16 PM »
It is always a difficult decision.  The Velocette has to go as I have too many projects and need some space.  I will never ride it again.
If I sold it with the number, the new owner may just decide to sell the number and benefit.

There is no way of knowing the actual value of the number as it depends on the market.
Many buyers would not pay the combined Bike and registration number value - why should they.

My A35 was to be scraped.  I sold the number MHK 33 to Mohammed H Khan £££ and the proceeds made it possible for me to restore my Morris Isis.
( I was following a BMW on the motorway many years later and it had my old number MHK 33)
I put the Isis number on a retention certificate because of the confusion over the no MOT before 1960 issue.

It is so much easier when the number is non transferable.


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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2014, 01:50:45 PM »
Barry

I have no problem with number plates being sold but I will pay more for one with its original reg..

Yours incidentally has an earlier frame fitted probably from pre 53

I prefer one with a NT number as it saves all the stress!

I bought my last complete one in 2013 for £86 on ebay a 1965 12volt Ex Met police, an absolute bargain. I bought another incomplete this year for £26 .

A nice example should fetch £1000-1500 once up and running/ nicely restored but they are an absolute delight to ride.

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Re: Velocette LE
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2014, 04:35:42 PM »
I had a Mk III when I was 17 in 1975  (NYE 118E) Lovely to ride if a bit slower than my next BSA A10 and then Yamaha 350 YR5.

The Mk II that I am selling is 1955 with its original frame and engine.  Not Ex police.
The hand change is novel and interesting but a pain to turn right - sticking your hand out and invariably trying to change gear and use the throttle.

I am keeping a MkIII tucked away.  It is more or less standard and good for restoration.