1953 Vincent 998cc Series C Rapide
Frame no. RC10382C
Engine no. F10AB/1/8482
Vincent introduced their Series A Rapide in 1936. It was created by mounting two of their 500cc single cylinder assemblies on a common crankcase, resulting in a V-Twin engine. The Rapide immediately became the leading British road burner along with the Brough Superior.
Before World War II even ended, the Series B Rapide was introduced. It featured unit construction of the engine and gearbox and used the engine as a stressed member hanging from the frame. Other innovations were two brakes per wheel and a cantilevered rear suspension, not unlike today's bikes. With Brough Superior failing to continue production after the war, Vincent stood alone in the superbike ranks.
In 1948, the Series C was upgraded further and the retrograde girder front fork was fitted with hydraulic damping instead of the traditional friction type. Despite their technical excellence and blinding speed, Vincents were expensive to produce and production ceased at the end of 1955.
The Rapide on offer was found in Boston and has just completed a complete restoration by noted Vincent specialist, Sam Manganaro of Vincent Works in Colorado. It is a matching numbers machine and has been restored to original condition with a minimum of upgrades. All of the signature Vincent features are in place including the Girdraulic front fork, the Feridax Dunopillo seat, the quick change wheel and the original horn. For improved stopping power, Lightning backing plates and Shadow drums have been installed, while a Shadow five inch "pie plate" speedometer allows the rider to gauge his progress. Stainless steel hardware has been used throughout.
This Series C Rapide offers the opportunity to own an as new example of the most storied marquee in an era when British bikes ruled the world on both road and track.
- The rear frame section (numbered RC10620) is not original to this motorcycle.