Instant Vincent collection, just add cash.

We have shown collections for sale before here on CSBFS, but nothing as specific, and valuable. Offered up right now on eBay is a collection of 3 Vincent motorcycles, one each of the single, standard and racer. With 18 bids so far and the reserve on at $118,000 this will be an interesting auction to watch, if it goes to the final day as the seller warns that they are for sale locally and auction may end soon.

From the seller

VINCENT MOTORCYCLES.

1953 BLACK SHADOW, CORRECT #’S EVERYWHERE, UNRESTORED AND LOW MILES, REPAINTED GAS TANK IN 1953+- OTHER WISE UNTOUCHED. 762 MILES ON THE CLOCK!

 1954 TOURING RAPIDE, ALL CORRECT #’S,UNRESTORED IN ORIGINAL PAINT, SOME CHANGED HARDWARE, OTHERWISE UNTOUCHED. COULD BE A 1955 VERSION “C”, AS OF THE HIGH #? 10633 MILES ON THE CLOCK

 1950 COMET, AGAIN ALL CORRECT #’S, UNRESTORED ORIGINAL, EVEN THE RED MIGHT BE? SPECIAL ORDER?-7253 MILES ON THE CLOCK 

 

 

The Comet is the single cylinder and the oldest of the three. Only 500cc the single was the starting point in which the Rapid and Black Shadow took off from. Designed by the two Phil’s at Vincent, owner Phil Vincent and designer Phil Irving the Comet used the engine as a structuall member, and the Vincent designed rear swing arm assembly pivoted and sprung from under the seat. The seller wonders about the red colored shocks and hits that this might be one of the rare Chinese Red Vincents that were offered for a very short period.

 Next up is the oldest of the three is the 1954 Rapid. This “touring” model was still a fast bike for its time. The 998cc could generate 45bhp and was offered from 1948 until the company closed its doors, and you would be able to tour at a comfortable 110mph top speed . The engine like the Comet were are part of the structure of the motorcycle and the 50 degree cylinders were hung from the oil carrying backbone.

 

 The final of the three might be the most desirable, with the Black Shadow offered as the factory prepared Sports model which was still street legal. The Black Lightening was one step beyond the Shadow, but did not come with lights. The shadow had the same 998cc engine, but with bigger and better tuning would turn out 55bhp and 125mph top speed. To think that this power and these speeds were offered by a British company to British riders for narrow roadways is surprising. We here in America have the wide open spaces and long flat highways were this power is really suited.

I am not able to distinguish the Rapid from the Shadow, and the seller is letting the pictures and name sell these bikes, so if you can point out which is which let us know in the comments. I would be surprised if this auction goes to the end, but if you, or you and your two friends are serious, call them up, fly out and see if you can make them and offer.  BB

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3 Responses

  1. Tony says:

    Easiest way to tell the difference bettween the Shadow & the Rapide is that 1) The Black Shadow has black painted timing case cover and motor. The Rapide has standard alloy finish. 2) The Black Shadow has the distinctive 5″ 150mph speedo whilst the Rapide has a 3″ 120 mph speedo.

  2. martin leake says:

    Am interested in your collection, how much ?

  3. Paul Bennett says:

    I too am interested, what is your asking price. I am in Australia so depending on price would like to inspect and meet face to face.