1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight Frame no. RD12815F Engine no. F10AB/2/10915
Lot 201
1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight
Registration no. RLO 899 (UK) Frame no. RD12815F Engine no. F10AB/2/10915
Sold for €55,200 (US$ 58,285) inc. premium

Lot Details
1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight Frame no. RD12815F Engine no. F10AB/2/10915 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight Frame no. RD12815F Engine no. F10AB/2/10915 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight Frame no. RD12815F Engine no. F10AB/2/10915 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight Frame no. RD12815F Engine no. F10AB/2/10915 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight Frame no. RD12815F Engine no. F10AB/2/10915
1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight
Registration no. RLO 899 (UK)
Frame no. RD12815F
Engine no. F10AB/2/10915
Ever since the Series A's arrival in 1937, the Vincent v-twin had been synonymous with design innovation, engineering excellence and superlative high performance. So in September 1955 when it was revealed that production of the Stevenage-built machines would cease, the news stunned the motorcycling world. It had been decided that the firm's future lay in more profitable lines of manufacture. By the time its demise was announced, Vincent's final twin - the Series D - had been in production for just six months. It had been Philip Vincent's belief that provision of ample weather protection combined with enclosure of engine and gearbox, would make the Vincent Series D the ultimate 'gentleman's motorcycle', though delayed delivery of the glassfibre panels - plus continuing demand for traditionally styled models - resulted in over half the production leaving the Stevenage factory in un-enclosed form. The enclosed Rapide and Black Shadow were known as the 'Black Knight' and 'Black Prince' respectively. Other Series D innovations included a new frame and rear suspension, and a user-friendly centre stand, plus many improvements to the peerless v-twin engine. When production ceased in December 1955 around 460 Series D v-twins had been built, some 200 of which were enclosed models. This example of one of the rarest of post-war Vincents has been in the present ownership since 1983. Offered from its late owner's estate, the machine comes with the 1983 sales receipt, VOC Certificate of Authenticity and old/current UK V5/V5C registration documents.

1955 Vincent 998 cm3 Black Knight
Immatriculation RLO 899 (UK)
Cadre n° RD12825F
Moteur n° F10AB/2/10915

Depuis l'introduction de la Série A en 1937, la Vincent V-twin était synonyme d'innovation, de perfection mécanique et de performance extrême. Si bien qu'en septembre 1955, lorsqu'on apprit que la production des machines fabriquées à Stevenage allait cesser, le monde de la moto fut frappé de stupeur. Il avait été décidé que l'avenir de la firme reposerait sur des fabrications plus profitables. Au moment où sa disparition fut connue, la dernière twin de Vincent – la Série D – était produite depuis six mois. Philip Vincent avait cru que l'adjonction d'un bon équipement de protection contre les intempéries combiné au carénage du moteur et de la boîte allait faire de la Vincent Série D « la moto par excellence du gentleman », mais les retards de livraison des panneaux en fibre de verre ajoutés à une demande constante en faveur des modèles de style traditionnel firent que plus de la moitié de la production quitta l'usine de Stevenage sous forme de machines non carénées. Les Rapide et Black Shadow carénées furent connues respectivement sous les noms de Black Knight et Black Prince. Les autres innovations introduites sur la Série D concernaient un nouveau cadre et une nouvelle suspension arrière ainsi qu'une béquille centrale plus facile à utiliser et des améliorations diverses sur le moteur V-twin. Lorsque la production s'arrêta en décembre 1955, environ 460 V-twins Série D avaient été construites dont environ 200 en version carénée. Cet exemplaire de l'une des Vincent d'après guerre les plus rares est aux mains de son propriétaire depuis 1983. Provenant de sa succession, cette moto est accompagnée du bordereau d'achat de 1983, du certificat d'authenticité du VOC et de ses documents d'immatriculation ancien et actuel V5/V5C au Royaume Uni.

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  • The frame number is RD12815F.
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