1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project
Registration no. MNG 790
Frame no. RC/1/8962/C
Engine no. F5AB/2A/7062
Crankcase mating no. 53 AA
Effectively a Rapide v-twin minus its rear cylinder, the Series C Vincent Comet built from 1948 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. Apart from the missing cylinder, the Comet followed Series C twin lines, the model featuring the newly introduced Vincent Girdraulic forks and hydraulic dampers at front and rear. An expensive machine to produce, it did not sell as well as its maker had hoped and was dropped when the Series D was introduced for 1954. This matching-numbers Comet was purchased at auction by the current vendor in 2003 when its deceased owner's private collection was dispersed, having been on museum display for the preceding 20-or-so years. Presented in 'barn find' condition and offered for restoration, which should be relatively straightforward, the machine is offered with copies of its factory records, assorted correspondence and V5 registration document.