The police riding instructor riding a 1957 Triumph 500cc. It has been suggested that this is how Velocette LEs became known as "Noddy Bikes". At the time Metropolitan Police Officers on foot patrol were required to salute sergeants and inspectors. After the Second World War, the company sought to capture what it saw as a developing need for personal transport and created the LE model (for "Little Engine"). With a 149 cc four-stroke, side-valve, water-cooled, horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine, the LE also had a radiator and was fitted with coil ignition to help starting. The designation LE stood for "little engine". Free P&P. Production of other motorcycles had been delayed or cancelled to produce the LE in various forms, and the lucrative police orders had dried up with the introduction of the "panda car" for patrol use by most forces. Sell one like this; Related sponsored items Feedback on our suggestions - Related sponsored items. [6], The Velocette LE was launched at the British International Motor Show at Earls Court in 1948 as the "Motorcycle for Everyman". [5] Production ended in 1970 when the company ran into financial problems and went into voluntary liquidation. Velocette is the name given to motorcycles that were made by Veloce Ltd, in Hall Green, Birmingham, England. Ben Branch. The LE was a Velocette motorcycle made from 1948 to 1970. Renowned for the quality of its products, the company was "always in the picture" in international motorcycle racing, from the mid-1920s through the 1950s, culminating in two World Championship titles (1949–1950 350 cc) and its legendary and still-unbeaten (for single-cylinder, 500cc machines) 24 hours at 100 mph (161 km/h) record. [5] Ex-police machines can be identified by the after market fittings for the police radio. Oxford University Press. [7], Launched in 1951 the Mk II had a 192 cc (11.7 cu in) engine, giving an extra 2 hp (1.5 kW), and strengthened bearings. The designation LE stood for "little engine". and this little velo has only had one private owner since it was released from active police service !! [7], The only instrument was a speedometer. It was sophisticated and expensive. With the introduction of the Velocette LE, this became dangerous, requiring the officer to take his hand off the handle bars, and so the rider was to allowed to show his respect with a smart inclination of his head, or to put it another way, to give a smart nod. This motorcycle is entered for sale under 'BSA' as there is no Velocette section and these great British motorcycles get lost in all the dross advertised in "Other Makes" amidst the others etc. The designation LE stood for "little engine". This bike has been fully restored as in … 1950s Classic British police motorcycles of the era, the Velocette LE. As used on TV series "Heartbeat". This was a 149 cc water-cooled flat-twin with side-valves, a pressed steel frame and telescopic forks and swingarm. Veloce, while small, was a great technical innovator and many of its patented designs are commonplace on motorcycles today, including the positive-stop foot shift and swinging arm rear suspension with hydraulic dampers. Velocette's Director, Eugene Goodman, planned an innovative and radical design that would appeal to a new market that needed cheap, clean and reliable transport. June 2013. Unfortunately it proved less successful than the firm had anticipated, and although it became Veloce's best selling model ever, the massive tooling costs for this all-new machine were barely recouped. This was designed to keep rainwater out of the battery compartment. A breakthrough for Velocette was when over fifty British Police forces decided to use the LE for patrols and ordered more than half the production. Used by over fifty British Police forces, the police riders became known as "Noddies" because they were required to nod to senior officers, and the LE was nicknamed "the Noddy Bike". £15.00. 1967 Velocette LE 200 Classic Police Bike For Sale. The Velocette LE was a motorcycle made by Veloce Ltd from 1948 to 1971. The police riders therefore became known as "Noddies", and the LE was nicknamed "the Noddy Bike"; this nickname does not appear to have had anything to do with Enid Blyton's eponymous character.[5][8][9]. With ten years' development, the Velocette LE was more reliable and practical, but on 3 February 1971, the company went into voluntary liquidation. Universal Motor Digital Gear Indicator for Motorcycle Bike Display Shift Level. [4], Velocette's Director, Eugene Goodman, planned an innovative and radical design that would appeal to a new market that needed cheap, clean and reliable transport. At the 1947 TT, the company won the first four places in the Junior race, and in 1950 they were the 350 cc World Champions. 1950s Classic British police motorcycles of the era, the Velocette LE. The very last motorcycles made in the Veloce factory were LEs. Sales remained poor, however, and the company had to reduce the price. The rear swinging arm was uprated with cast aluminium to improve rigidity, and the brakes were improved. You can cancel your email alerts at any time. [7], "noddy, n.4". Price: Item location: camberley, United Kingdom. OED Online. However, Noddy (the popular cartoon character created by British children's author Enid Blyton) who famously had frequent run-ins with the Policeman Mr. Plod, is also credited with being the origin. The hand change three-speed gearbox, engine and clutch were contained in special castings, and final drive was by a shaft mounted in a swing frame with adjustable suspension. All this made the MkI LE expensive, however, at £126 compared with the BSA Bantam at £76. Carrying capacity was boosted by quickly detachable panniers and a glove compartment in front of the petrol tank. The estimated value is between £120,000 to £150,000, and if you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing. It did see widespread adoption by British police forces for urban patrol. In 1958, Velocette launched the Mk III LE with a foot-operated gear change and a conventional kick start. The market for sporting machines was still strong, and Velocette continued to produce the 349 cc MAC for racing. The last Velocette factory was in York Road, Hall Green, Birmingham. 23 June 2013,, Articles lacking reliable references from June 2011, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, MkI 149 cc (9.1 cu in) four-stroke, water-cooled, horizontally opposed twin-cylinder, MkI & MkII Three-speed gearbox to shaft final drive, Telescopic front forks, swinging arm rear, This page was last edited on 4 March 2020, at 14:48. To reduce noise and vibration the pressed aluminium frame was lined with soundproofing felt. Popular . One of several motorcycle manufacturers in Birmingham, Velocette was a small, family-owned firm, selling far fewer hand-built motorcycles than the giant BSA, Norton or Triumph concerns. Aluminium leg shields were designed to keep the rain off, and footboards gave it a scooter feel. “ Velocette police man bike..1964 ” Ended: 28 Oct, 2020 16:41:45 GMT. The instrumentation was relocated to the head lamp, and the petrol capacity was increased from a meagre 1.25 to 1.62 imperial gallons (5.7 to 7.4 l; 1.50 to 1.95 US gal). In recent years the bike has been restored by a Velocette authority, and is now being presented for sale by Bonhams at the Spring Stafford Sale on the 23rd of April. Kent County Constabulary purchased the remaining spare parts and were able to keep LEs running until 1974. These include the manufacturers data plate being moved to the headstock, the word 'POLICE' stamped under the generator cover and a distinctive V shaped pressing riveted in front of the seat.