Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
1952 Vincent 498cc Comet
Registration no. XMP 648
Engine no. F5AB/2A/9323
Rear Frame no. RC/11223
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. This example was previously owned by Mr Bernard Bayley of Burntwood, Staffordshire who acquired it as a restoration project in October 2001 (see 'as found' photographs on file). Accompanying invoices show that the rebuild was carried out from 2002 to 2004 while the solitary MoT certificate was issued in June of that year, the odometer reading being recorded as 10 miles (currently 236). 'XMP 648' was acquired by the late owner in May 2010 (purchase receipt on file). The machine is offered with the aforementioned documentation, SORN acknowledgement, Swansea V5C document and photocopied instruction sheets and spare parts list.