Property of a deceased's estate
1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project
Registration no. EHJ 678
Frame no. RC/1/5547
Engine no. F5AB/2A/5514
Rear Frame no. RC/1/7617
Crankcase mating no. 92P
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 incomplete Comet was probably acquired by the deceased owner in the late 1970s. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, it comes with a number of removed parts including a dynamo, speedometer, rear light lens and seat stays. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1971) and Swansea V5 document.