1952 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. GMW 31
Frame no. RC/3674
Engine no. F5AB/2A/3772
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.
This particular Comet comes with a copy of the factory's engine test sheet, which records that 'F5AB/2A/3772' was originally installed in frame number '5672'. It is not known when the Vincent arrived in its present configuration. The Comet has been owned by the current vendor a VOC member since 1999 and was last taxed for the road to 2005. However, its mechanical condition is not known and thus the machine is sold strictly as viewed. Offered with VOC dating certificate and Swansea V5C document.
- This machine has a copy of the Vincent works order form for engine F5AB/2A/3772 but does not have the VOC dating certificate as stated in the catalogue.