By the end of the decade, Velocé’s K-Series range of roadsters boasted a suite of variations on the theme that included; Economy, Normal, Touring, Sports, Super Sports, and twin-port models.
Introduced in 1925, the Velocette KSS was the Super Sports configuration, while the KTS tourer used the same, virtually identical, OHC engine, the differences being confined mainly to wheel sizes and mudguard style. For the 1936 season, the MkII version of the KSS/KTS introduced a major redesign, featuring many improvements including a new aluminium-alloy cylinder head with enclosed valve-gear, plus the cradle frame and heavyweight Webb forks of the new MSS.
This splendid KSS was completely restored in 2007, the work including reconditioning of the engine / transmission, new paint and re-plated brightwork. The only listed deviations from standard are two that most enthusiasts would approve of: alloy wheel rims and stainless steel spokes.
It was purchased by NZ Classic Motorcycles via a Bonhams Auction in the UK in 2009 for UK₤10,350 (NZD$20,542) and is part of their permanent collection in Nelson, New Zealand.
I photographed this beautiful machine in the NZ Classic Motorcycles display tent at the New Zealand Classic Motorcycle Racing Register (NZCMRR) Pukekohe Classic Racing Festival, Pukekohe Park Raceway, in February 2012.