1951 Vincent Comet
Lot 345
Only 7 miles since restoration,1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/9187D Engine no. F5AB/2A/7709
Sold for £16,100 (US$ 27,061) inc. premium
Lot Details
Only 7 miles since restoration
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. NKR 582
Frame no. RC/1/9187D
Engine no. F5AB/2A/7709
Effectively a Rapide v-twin minus its rear cylinder, the Series-C Vincent Comet built from 1949 to 1954 offered 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. Unlike in pre-war days, when the first Series-A 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 equivalent single, the Meteor, in 1948. When the range was upgraded to Series-C specification in late 1949, the single-cylinder model was renamed 'Comet'. Apart from its Burman gearbox and 'missing' cylinder, the Comet followed Series-C twin lines, featuring the newly introduced Vincent Girdraulic forks and hydraulic dampers at front and rear. An expensive machine to produce, the single-cylinder Vincent did not sell as well as its maker had hoped, and the Comet was dropped when the Series-D range was introduced for 1954.

Previously belonging to a private collection of Vincents, this superb Comet was purchased in pieces together with a number of other motorcycles and totally restored using many new parts. The latter include the fork spindles, bushes and eccentrics; Maughan valves and guides; rocker bearings; wheel rims; stainless steel spokes; brake linings; seat; oil and fuel pipes; exhaust system; wiring; tyres; and most of the fastenings. The current owner purchased the rebuilt Comet at Bonhams' Stafford Sale in October 2009 (Lot 404), since when the machine has been kept in air-conditioned accommodation and not been used. The odometer total of 7 'test' miles is understood to be the distance travelled since restoration. Offered with Swansea V5 document.
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