1969 Egli-Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. EGL 128
Frame no. EV 28C
Engine no. F5AB/2A/7096
In period, no-one doubted the qualities of Vincent's remarkable engines though the Vincent chassis was outclassed in many ways for racing. In the normal way, a gifted frame constructor, Fritz Egli, produced a modern frame to suit the Vincent units as Seeley and Rickman had done for other engines.
This historic racer was acquired from the estate of the late Malcolm Elger, co-builder of the machine with his brother, Ray Elger. The frame, with taper-roller head-races, was specially built to suit Malcolm by Fritz Egli, one of three frames supplied to the brothers, the others being for Vincent twins.
The Comet engine found for the project (mating numbers 25AA) left the works in 1951 and the Egli, in its first form, was constructed in 1969 for the 1970 season, using the engine, already in race tune, which received further internal attention, including a ported head modified to take Gold Star valves. A Lightning piston was used to suit the 34mm Concentric, the engine running a 10.5:1 compression ratio, with a tuned pipe and gutted Gold Star silencer. A modified Norton 'box with selected ratios was used, while the chassis was built with Metal Profile racing forks and Girling rear units. A Norton front wheel carried a Commando air-scoop twin leading-shoe front brake.
The Egli was used very successfully in historic and club events in the '70s at Mallory Park, Snetterton, Cadwell, Aberdare and Silverstone as well as in the occasional drag meet where it was recorded as doing a standing quarter in 13.9 seconds with a terminal speed of 97 mph. A flying kilometre was covered at 110 mph.
On restoration, the engine and 'box were found to be in excellent condition, retaining the original mirror finish, compression ratio was lowered to take premium petrol. All fittings were replaced by stainless steel, the rear units replaced and an Alton 12V generator and rectifier fitted. A matching Black Lightning rev-counter and speedo were added as well as a 'concours' finish, the machine winning 'Best Egli' at Popham. It performed well at a North Weald sprint.
This exciting single has a V5C, a new MOT and (free) road fund license, a VOC copy works record and dating certificate for the engine as well as a history file containing racing pictures, the old RF60 log-book, old MOT certificates back to 1969, data sheets, bills and other papers, together with a CD on the Egli and its rebuild. EGL 128 goes as well as it looks, being a surprisingly easy starter, though making its presence felt over a wide area! A superb and well-developed Egli-Vincent Comet.