1950 Vincent 998cc Series-C Rapide
Registration no. LLP 550
Frame no. RC6947
Engine no. F10AB/1/5047
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 including adjustable footrests, brake pedal, 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 particular matching-numbers Rapide has been in the current family ownership for some 30-40 years, undergoing a 'last nut and bolt' restoration between 1985 and 1993. Dry stored since completion, the machine is described as in effectively 'as new' condition, although requiring some re-commissioning and the usual safety checks following such a lengthy period out of use. 'JJP 550' is offered with Vincent Owners Club dating certificate, old-style logbook and sundry restoration invoices.
- The machine is offered without an old style log book or restoration invoices.