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The National Military History Center  

December 8, 2012


  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle
  • 1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle


1942 Velocette MAF Motorcycle

Lot No. 182

Auctioned on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sold for $ 7,500

Manufacturer: Velocette Ltd., Hall Green, Birmingham, England
Production Year: 1942
Engine: Velocette over-head-valve, 349-cc, 14.9-hp, air-cooled, one-cylinder, gasoline
Transmission: Four-speed foot-change gearbox
Brakes: Mechanical
Length: 85-inches
Width: 28-inches
Height: 40-inches
Wheelbase: 52-inches
Weight: 340-pounds
Armor: None
Armament: None
Maximum Road Speed: 65-mph
Markings: British Royal Air Force (RAF) blue paint scheme

The Velocette MAF was a military version of the Velocette MAC civilian motorcycle. The Velocette company had just began producing their 1940 civilian MAC model when wartime production requirements forced them to switch to the production of high-precision parts for military contracts. In addition, they were contracted to paint helmets for the British Army. The first military order for motorcycles came from the French government prior to the British military parts and painting contracts. All of the machines belonging to the first French shipment were lost in transit. The fall of France shortly thereafter left the Velocette company with the bulk of the 1,200 MAC motorcycles ordered by the French undelivered. The Velocette company looked to the British military to take over the order. Eventually, the British military took over the French contract MACs (designated MDD) and ordered a more militarized version, the MAF, as well. The MAF featured a reinforced frame and crankshaft shield. In addition, a lower gear and compression ratio was introduced along with a sturdier clutch assembly. The gear change sequence was reversed to coincide with other British military motorcycles. Only 950 MAF and 1,200 MACs saw service during World War II.

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