1952 Vincent Comet
The name Vincent moves motorcycle people, but for many of them it only means 1000cc v-twins. But before there was the Vincent Rapids and Black Shadows, there were Meteors and Comets. This 1957 Vincent Comet is available over on eBay.uk, and even though it is only 500cc, its still a Vincent, and its still has that style.
Howard Raymond Davies was the owner of the company that would become Vincent HRD Co Ltd until 1928 when he had to release his company to receivership. When another motorcycle manufacture purchased the company for its manufacturing facilities, Phil Vincent got the name HRD and added his own to take the company to the next level. Having designed and patented his own cantilever rear suspension system, the motorcycle that became the legend only needed a second Phil to bring the engine.
From the Seller
1952 VINCENT COMET. THIS IS A VERY CLEAN AND USABLE MACHINE. IT STARTS FIRST TIME AND SOUND GREAT.EVERYTHING CLUTCH, GEARS, BRAKES, LIGHTS ETC WORK WELL AND IM SURE YOU COULD RIDE THIS BIKE ANYWHERE. THE ENGINE IS CLEAN AND DOES NOT LEAK OIL ITS HAS NO BROKEN FINS OR ANY SIGNS OF REPAIR OR DAMAGE.THE BIKE IS FITTED WITH A MILLER HEADLIGH,CRASH BARS AND TOURING BAGS. THERE IS A DENT IN THE FUEL TANK PLEASE SEE PICTURES. THE CHROME IS IN GOOD CONDITION THE ALLOY GUARDS ARE GOOD PAINTWORK IS NICE AND THE BIKE IS READY TO RIDE OR SHOW. IT ALSO HAS NEW TYRES AND A NEWBATTERYCOMES WITH V5C DOCUMENT OVERSEAS BIDS WELCOME OF GENUINE PEOPLE.
When Phil Irving joined the company in 1931 he brought with him a design idea that would become the Vincent engine. He started out with a single cylinder engine with a unique double valve guide head which used a forked rocker arm between an upper and lower valve guide. He placed this in a frame which used the engine as a stress member, and put the oil in the large back bone under the tank. The 500cc engine would produce 28hp at 5800rpm and was produced from 1935 until 1955. They would come in the basic Meteor, the sporty Comet, and if you wanted to go racing you could order the Grey Flash with its race tuned engine.
The single cylinder may have come first but will always be the “also ran” in the Vincent line up, but just because they have half the volume doesn’t mean that they are half the bikes. They are still Vincent’s, and personally I am leaning more towards the Comet for my imaginary garage and will put my imaginary bid in here on eBay.uk. BB