Property of a deceased's estate, 1952 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/12368 Engine no. F5AB/2A/7887
Lot 213
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. NAH 879 Frame no. RC/1/12368 Engine no. F5AB/2A/7887
Sold for £10,350 (US$ 17,162) inc. premium
Lot Details
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. NAH 879
Frame no. RC/1/12368
Engine no. F5AB/2A/7887
Rear frame no. RC/1/12368

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 particular Comet was purchased from Mike R Berry of London on 14th August 1980 (purchase receipt on file). The accompanying old-style V5 registration document notes two owners since 1978 while the sole MoT certificate on file (issued 1980) records the mileage as 42,875 (the current odometer reading is 47,883). Last taxed to 30th September 1978, the machine appears in fundamentally sound condition but will require re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road. It should be noted that neither the upper nor rear frame numbers match that on the V5.

Saleroom notices

  • Both the Upper and Rear Frame numbers are RC/1/12368.
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