Velocette LE MKII.
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. Sales remained poor,however, and the company had to reduce the price. The clutch was upgraded, andan Amal 363 monobloc carburetor replaced the standard unit. The rear swingingarm was uprated with cast aluminium to improve rigidity, and the brakes wereimproved. The petrol tank capacity was also increased from 1.25 to 1.62 imperialgallons (5.7 to 7.4 litres; 1.50 to 1.95 US gallons).A breakthrough for Velocette was when over fifty British Police forces decidedto use the LE for patrols and ordered more than half the production. Ex-policemachines can be identified by the after market fittings for the police radio.These include the manufacturers data plate being moved to the headstock, theword 'POLICE' stamped under the generator cover and a distinctive V shapedpressing riveted in front of the seat. This was designed to keep rainwater outof the battery compartment.