1947 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Frame no. R2062 Engine no. F10AB/1/63
Lot 263
1947 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Frame no. R2062 Engine no. F10AB/1/63
Sold for £26,450 (US$ 43,956) inc. premium
Lot Details
1947 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide
Registration no. HYX 212
Frame no. R2062
Engine no. F10AB/1/63
Ever since the Series A’s arrival in 1937, the Vincent v-twin has been synonymous with design innovation, engineering excellence and superlative high performance. 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: adjustable 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. With a top speed approaching 120mph, and bettering it in the Black Shadow’s case, the Vincent v-twin was the fastest road vehicle of its day.

This very early Series-B Rapide comes with a copy of the original factory build sheet, signed by Chief Tester, C J ‘Jack’ Williams, confirming matching frame/engine numbers. The machine was finished on 8th April 1947 and despatched to dealer Claude Rye in London, whose rider collected it from the Stevenage factory. Believed to be an older restoration, ‘HYX 212’ was acquired by the current owner in November 2001 and is described by him as good clean condition and full working order. Last taxed for the road to the end of April 2008, the machine benefits from the fitting of a new 12-volt battery and is offered with Swansea V5 document, expired MoT certificates dating back to 1999 and sundry bills relating to the present period of ownership. It is expected to possess a fresh MoT certificate by time of sale.
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