1950 Vincent 499cc Comet
Lot 376
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet
Sold for £5,175 (US$ 8,354) inc. premium

Lot Details
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. LKH 736
Frame no. RC/1/6412
Engine no. F5AB/2A/2698
Effectively a Rapide v-twin minus its rear cylinder, the Series C Vincent Comet built from 1948 to 1954 offered the same degree of refinement as its bigger brother, albeit with reduced performance. Even so, the Comet combined a 90mph potential with excellent fuel economy, and was the ideal touring mount for the discerning rider who placed civility of manners and quality of construction above outright performance. Apart from the missing cylinder, the Comet followed Series C twin lines, the model featuring the newly introduced Vincent Girdraulic forks and hydraulic dampers at front and rear. An expensive machine to produce, it did not sell as well as its maker had hoped and was dropped when the Series D was introduced for 1954. Known as ‘Tom Cat’, this Vincent Comet was raced by VOC member, the late Graham Treacher, during the 1960s and 1970s. The machine was discovered in a neglected state by the current owner and restored and returned to road trim in 1999. We are advised that a Norton/AMC gearbox is fitted, replacing the Burman original, and that ‘lead-free’ valve seats have been installed. Presented in good condition, the machine is offered with restoration receipts and photographic record, old-style logbook and Swansea V5.
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