1969 Egli-Vincent 998cc
Registration no. LKH 358G
Frame no. RSC 110
Engine no. F10AB/1/2152
One of the world's best known motorcycle frame makers, Swiss engineer Fritz Egli built his first frame in what would turn out to be a highly successful attempt to tame the wayward handling of his Vincent v-twin race bike. The Vincent used a spine-type frame and so did Egli, though his was tubular rather than box-section and all-welded rather than bolt-up in construction. This trademark large-diameter spine has been a feature of virtually all Egli's frames made since, proving adaptable to almost all types of motorcycle engine layout from British singles to across-the-frame Japanese fours. It proved to be the complete answer to the Vincent racer's handling problems, and Fritz duly took the Swiss hill climb championship in 1968, winning every round. These days widely regarded as a marque in its own right, it is the Egli-Vincent v-twin, with its exciting combination of classic power and modern chassis technology, that has proved to be his most enduring legacy.
As Fritz Egli moved on to other projects, the machines continued to be produced in limited numbers by other specialists. Graham Binnion, who had worked with Egli in Switzerland, was licensed to build frames in the UK, which were marketed by Slater Brothers, the Laverda concessionaires at the time. Built in 1969, the machine offered here is one of the 120 original Slater Brothers Egli-Vincents. Noteworthy features include a Grimeca 4LS front brake, Dunlop alloy wheel rims, Amal Concentric carburettors and an original alloy fuel tank.
The engine dates from 1949 and left the factory in a Vincent Rapide, which was sold via Kings of Manchester to a Mr Nicholls and registered 'KNB 966'. The second owner (from 1950) was E M G Stevens, who wrote the book on Vincent motorcycles entitled 'Know Thy Beast'. The third owner was entertainer George Formby. These details can be verified by the Vincent Owners Club. The Rapide's subsequent ownership history is not known.
Recent work (undertaken in 2006) has included an engine rebuild (new bearings, crankpin and seals), gearbox rebuild (new seals and bearings) and overhauling the dynamo and magneto. Detail finishing has still to be carried out and all parts needed to complete this task are present. (Although not shown in the photographs, the magneto cowl, dynamo cover and clutch cover are included in the sale). Offered with dating certificate, SORN and Swansea V5, the machine is currently off the road in safe, dry storage.
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