Registration no. 982 GMX
Frame no. CEV 72T
Crankcase Mating no. 2D 19S
One of the world's best known motorcycle frame makers, Swiss engineer Fritz Egli built his first frame in what would turn out to be a highly successful attempt to tame the wayward handling of his Vincent v-twin race bike. The Vincent used a spine-type frame and so did Egli, though his was tubular rather than box-section and all-welded rather than bolt-up in construction. This trademark large-diameter spine has been a feature of virtually all Egli's frames made since, proving adaptable to almost all types of motorcycle engine layout from British singles to across-the-frame Japanese fours. It proved to be the complete answer to the Vincent racer's handling problems, and Fritz duly took the Swiss hill climb championship in 1968, winning every round. These days widely regarded as a marque in its own right, it is the Egli-Vincent v-twin, with its exciting combination of classic power and modern chassis technology, that has proved to be his most enduring legacy.
As Fritz Egli moved on to other projects, the machines continued to be produced in limited numbers by other specialists. Graham Binnion, who had worked with Egli in Switzerland, was licensed to build frames in the UK, which were marketed by Slater Brothers, the Laverda concessionaires at the time. There have been numerous copies made by other specialists since then.
This example was purchased by the current owner as an unfinished project in 2005, already painted but minus the rear wheel. The owner then removed the engine and used it to restore his Vincent Black Prince (Lot 170 in this sale). He then built another engine using new crankcases and new pistons. On completion later in 2005 the machine was briefly road tested (the odometer reading is 1 mile) but has not been used since then. Running in, re-commissioning and the customary safety checks will be required before further use. The machine comes with V5C registration document and is offered without reserve. It should be noted that the V5C still records the old engine number.
- Neither the engine nor frame number match the V5C registration document. Bidders should satisfy themselves as to the condition and authenticity of the machine prior to bidding. The engine number is 2D19S. Sold strictly as seen.