1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903
Lot 455
Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903
Sold for €40,250 (US$ 50,952) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 Property of a deceased's estate,1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903 1960? Egli Vincent Black Shadow racing motorcycle Frame no. EV7 Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903
Property of a deceased's estate
1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. EV7
Engine no. F10AB/1B/6903
The Egli-Vincent offered here was built by sidecar racer Pete Gerrish using a frame bought directly from Fritz Egli shortly after meeting the Swiss engineer in 1968. Although a 'chair' man, Gerrish was so impressed by his test ride on Egli's own hill-climber that he decided to build his own solo racing version. Subsequently Gerrish described the machine's construction in an article published in the VOC's magazine 'MPH' (October 1980 edition, copy available). In the latter he states that the engine – described as 'part Lightning, part Shadow' – was taken from his racing sidecar outfit. Gerrish's Egli was raced by Dave Browning, who won first time out at the Cheltenham Motor Club's Moreton Valence circuit in September 1968 despite being unfamiliar with this type of motorcycle. Soon afterwards the Egli-Vincent was track-tested at Silverstone for Motor Cycle magazine (25th December 1968 edition) by David Dixon, whose riding report forms part of the 'MPH' article. Despite some misgivings concerning the unsorted handling, Dixon was mightily impressed by the power of the Egli, which 'in less than half a mile was easily exceeding 120mph. This was the first time an un-streamlined model had notched such figures on test.' And let's not forget that Dixon was talking about racing motorcycles!

Its recently deceased owner bought the Egli-Vincent directly from Pete Gerrish, though it is not known when it was last used. The presence of matching Smiths 5" speedometer and rev counter may indicate that the owner was intending to register it for the road. Two cylinders, a cylinder head, a primary drive cover, an original Egli 'banana' fuel tank and the original fairing and rev counter are included in the sale. Countless replicas of the Egli frame have been made over the years, which makes this genuine example with in-period race history all the more attractive to collectors. There is no registration document with this Lot, which is offered without reserve.

Footnotes

  • En provenance d'une succession
    Egli-Vincent 998 cm3 Course1968
    Cadre n° EV7
    Moteur n° F10AB/1B/6903

    L'Egli-Vincent présentée ici a été construite par le pilote de side-car Pete Gerrish à partir d'un cadre acheté directement à Fritz Egli peu après sa rencontre avec l'ingénieur suisse en 1968. Gerrish fut si impressionné par son essai de la propre machine de côte d'Egli qu'il décida de construire sa propre version solo de course. Par la suite, Gerrish décrivit la construction de la machine dans un articule publié dans le magazine du VOC « MPH » (octobre 1980, exemplaire disponible) dans lequel il affirme que le moteur - décrit comme « mi-Lightning, mi-Shadow » - provenait de son attelage de course. L'Egli de Gerrish fut pilotée par Dave Browning qui gagna d'entrée au circuit Moreton Valence du Cheltenham Motor Club en septembre 1968 malgré son inexpérience de la machine. Peu après, l'Egli-Vincent fut essayée sur la piste de Silverstone pour le magazine Motor Cycle (numéro du 25 décembre 1968) par David Nixon dont le compte-rendu fut repris dans l'article de « MPH ». Malgré quelques doutes sur le comportement perfectible, Dixon fut fortement impressionné par la puissance de l'Egli qui « en moins de 800 mètres atteignit plus de 200 km/h. Ce fut la première fois qu'une moto non carénée atteignait cette vitesse en essai ». N'oublions pas que Dixon parlait de motos de course !

    Son propriétaire récemment décédé acheta l'Egli-Vincent directement à Pete Gerrish, mais on ignore quand elle a tourné pour la dernière fois. La présence d'un compteur et d'un compte-tours Smiths de 127 mm pourrait indique que son propriétaire avait l'intention de l'immatriculer pour la route. Sont joints au lot deux cylindres, une culasse, un couvercle de transmission primaire, un réservoir « banane » Egli original et les compte-tours et carénage d'origine. D'innombrables répliques du cadre Egli ont été fabriquées depuis des années rendant cet exemplaire original avec son historique en compétition à l'époque d'autant plus attractif pour les collectionneurs. Moto de course dépourvue d'immatriculation, elle est offerte sans prix de réserve.
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