1952 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow
Lot 235
1952 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow
Sold for £35,600 (US$ 59,837) inc. premium
Lot Details
1952 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow
Registration no. NFD 309
Frame no. RC10157B/C
Engine no. F10AB/1/B2/8257
From Rollie Free’s capture of the ‘world’s fastest production motorcycle’ record in 1948 on a tuned Series-B Black Shadow to the final fully enclosed Black Knight and Black Prince, Philip Vincent’s stress on appearance and performance is legendary. His machines bristled with innovative features, offering adjustment of brake pedal, footrests, seat height and gear-change lever. The finish was to a very high standard commensurate with the cost of the machine, which was virtually double that of any of its contemporaries. But above all else it was the v-twin’s stupendous performance that captivated motorcyclists, whether they could afford one or not. The appeal of the Vincent, and the Black Shadow in particular, lay in its ability to out-perform just about every other vehicle on the road, and in the early post-war years there was nothing to compare with it. This was a time when the average family sedan was barely capable of reaching 70mph, and not until the advent of Jaguar’s XK120 was there a production sportscar that could live with the thundering v-twins from Stevenage. With a top speed approaching 120mph, and bettering it in the Black Shadow’s case, the Vincent v-twin was quite simply the fastest road vehicle of its day. Vincent Owners Club records show that Black Shadow ‘NFD 309’ was despatched new to Copes in Dudley in January 1952. Professor Ehn purchased the ’Shadow in England in 1994 and has used it frequently ever since to attend classic motorcycle gatherings. Last used on the road in 2005, the machine is offered with UK V5 registration document, customs papers and expired MoT test certificate.