1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince
Registration no. TRC 6L
Frame no. RD 12611B
Engine no. F10AB/1/7133
Ever since the Series-As arrival in 1937, the Vincent v-twin had been synonymous with design innovation, engineering excellence and superlative high performance. So in September 1955 when it was revealed that production of the Stevenage-built machines would cease, the news stunned the motorcycling world. It had been decided that the firms future lay in more profitable lines of manufacture, and just 100 more of the fabulous v-twins would be completed. By the time its demise was announced, Vincents final twin - the Series-D - had been in production for just six months.
It had been Philip Vincents belief that provision of ample weather protection combined with enclosure of engine and gearbox, would make the Vincent Series-D the ultimate gentlemans motorcycle, though delayed delivery of the glassfibre panels - plus continuing demand for traditionally-styled models - resulted in over half the production leaving the Stevenage factory in un-enclosed form. The enclosed Rapide and Black Shadow were known as Black Knight and Black Prince respectively. Other Series-D innovations included a new frame and rear suspension, a user-friendly centre stand, plus many improvements to the peerless v-twin engine. When production ceased in December 1955, around 460 Series-D v-twins had been built, some 200 of which were enclosed models.
As confirmed by accompanying Vincent HRD Owners Club correspondence, frame number RD 12611B originally belonged to a Series-D Black Shadow made in 1955, while engine number F10AB/1/7133 is that of a Series-C Rapide made in 1951. Subsequently modified to Black Prince specification, it was rebuilt by a previous owner and reregistered in 1973. The machine was acquired by the current owner circa 1976. In common with many Vincent twins, this example incorporates numerous upgrades including improved enclosures; dashboard instrumentation; alloy brake sleeves; Amal Concentric Mk2 carburettors; modern, multi-plate clutch; 18 Borrani alloy wheel rims; flashing indicators; 12-volt electrics; electric starter; and electronic ignition. During the present ownership the engine has been rebuilt by recognised Vincent specialist Bob Dunne to include new cylinders (liners/muffs), pistons and valves. Benefiting from long-term enthusiast ownership and a no expense spared attitude to maintenance, the machine is offered with VOC Registration Form, MoT to 8th May 2007 and Swansea V5.
£20,000 - 25,000
US$ 30,000 - 38,000
24,000 - 29,000
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