1949 Vincent Comet
Lot 387
100 miles since restoration,1949 Vincent 498cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/5261 Engine no. F5AB/2A/3361
Sold for £14,375 (US$ 23,916) inc. premium
Lot Details
100 miles since restoration
1949 Vincent 498cc Comet
Registration no. LKA 429
Frame no. RC/1/5261
Engine no. F5AB/2A/3361
Rear Frame no. RC/1/5261

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. Built in 1949 and sold in March 1950, this matching-numbers Comet had been completely dismantled when the current owner bough it from his brother-in-law September 2009. Over the next two years the Vincent was completely restored by VOC member, Tony Hutchinson and since completion in 2011 has covered only 100 miles. Presented in immaculate condition, the machine is offered with restoration invoices, 'before' photograph, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2013 and Swansea V5C document.
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