The Velocette is a 500cc Venom engine in the usual chassis. In later production a small number of Thruxton engines were used too.
The prototype Indian Velocette
These photos show the Velocette prototype going together at Italjet.
Prototype under construction
And not far behind these two models was the promised 750cc road bike - seen below, the first of the Interceptor twins, as tested by the Americans in May 1969...note the different paintwork and brake hubs to the first production examples:
Prototype Clymer Enfield
As well, Clymer experimented with another prototype in 1969, using a Norton engine. According to Mitchell's who attempted to provide the engines to Floyd directly from the Norton factory, the USA distributor Berliner Corporation prevented the sale to Floyd, but not before at least one machine was built in Italy. In 1970, Max Bubeck's son became the owner of this machine, though it has long since passed into obscurity.
Italjet continued to refine their range and produced this Triumph 650 in 1969/1970, and called it the Griffo (Gryphon). It became the standard chassis for the majority of the production Indians. Interestingly, Triumph had a policy of NOT supplying engines to other manufacturers, and I've been told Italjet sidestepped this hurdle by ordering their engines as every number in the spare parts book. Some clever storeman at Triumph was deciding the easiest way to fulfill the order was to send complete engines to Italy....until they worked out what they were being used for.
The second series of Italjet Triumphs
As can be seen from these various photos of the production Indians, some small variations exist within this second series, for instance, I have seen a few of the bikes sporting the shapely tanks from the earlier style.
A flat handlebar version - probably made for the English market
The typical Series II Clymer Velocette and Enfield
All of the Clymers I have seen to date use the white/gold scheme for the Velocettes and powder blue/white for the Enfields. While the majority of cycle parts are standard-for-the era Italian product some small parts have been transferred over from the original bikes. For example, the Velocette and Enfield versions of the Smiths' instruments, and the Enfield's exhaust pipes and centre stand.
The unique parts for these bikes are the frame, tank, seat, sidecovers, guards and instrument brackets. So where in this chronology does this interesting photo fit in? Did Munch experience a moment of panic because he had a whole bunch of Horex motors left over after Floyd died?...and did he contact the Rickman brothers...
Naturally, I'm keeping a register of engine and frame numbers for all Clymers, so if you can add to this database or provide any information, I'd be only too pleased to hear from you.
I can be contacted on: +61 3 98023898 or by post: 10 Danene Court, Vermont South 3133 Australia
Credits: I am indebted to Ian Abrahams, Max and Lon Bubeck, Pasquale Mesto, and a few owners for all the information herein. Copyright 2001 - Phil Doland
The last word: I suppose I should drop this picture in because it's my father's Munch Mammoth, which is sheer coincidence....