1951 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. NKR 582
Frame no. RC/1/9787D
Engine no. F5AB/2A/7709
Unlike in pre-war days, when the first (Series-A) Vincent-HRD v-twin had been created by - in effect - combining two of the existing singles, post-WW2 Vincent's approach was reversed, with the Series-B twin appearing first, in 1946 and the single-cylinder version in 1948. The latter was offered in two forms initially: Series-B Meteor and Series-C Comet. Apart from its Burman gearbox and 'missing' cylinder, the Comet followed Series-C twin lines, featuring the newly introduced Girdraulic front fork and hydraulic dampers at front and rear, while the Meteor retained the old Brampton girders. The Meteor was soon dropped but the Comet continued in production until 1954, offering 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. An expensive machine to produce, the Comet did not sell as well as its maker had hoped and was dropped when the Series-D range was introduced.
Offered from a private collection of Vincents, this superb Comet was purchased in pieces together with a number of other motorcycles and has been restored with many new parts. The latter include the fork spindles, bushes and eccentrics; Maughan valves and guides; rocker bearings; wheel rims; stainless steel spokes; brake linings; seat; oil and fuel pipes; exhaust system; wiring; tyres; and most of the fastenings. Only 500 miles have been covered since the engine was rebuilt and the machine is described as in generally excellent condition. It is offered with current road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.