One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855
Lot 297
One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D
Registration no. SOF 212 Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855
Sold for £72,060 (US$ 96,319) inc. premium

Lot Details
One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855 One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855 One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855 One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855 One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855 One owner for the last 52 years,1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D Frame no. RD12755B Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855
One owner for the last 52 years
1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-D
Registration no. SOF 212
Frame no. RD12755B
Engine no. F10AB/2B/10855
Rear Frame no. RD12755B

One of only 141 un-enclosed Series-D Black Shadows made, this example was supplied to Kings (Oxford) Ltd of Birmingham in August 1955 and on 9th January 1956 was sold new to a Mr Lewis of Birmingham. Its accompanying original logbook lists a handful of subsequent owners, all in the Midlands, up to November 1963 when 'SOF 212' was purchased from Kings of Wolverhampton by the current vendor (sales receipt on file). He had seen the machine at Kings two years previously when it was advertised for sale at 220 guineas (£231) but when he bought 'SOF 212' it cost only £35 because, according to Kings, the last two owners had returned it complaining of gear selection problems. Kings were glad to see the back of it.

The vendor discovered that the cause was a broken gear selector spring, which he replaced at the cost of only a few pence! He then partially dismantled the Vincent, separating it into three large assemblies - front end, engine/gearbox and rear end - and stored it in his garage while continuing to ride his Series-C 'Shadow. 'SOF 212' remained in storage until 1988 when a complete rebuild was commenced. Finished in September 1990, the restoration included a full engine overhaul by Don Alexander, total repaint of the cycle parts, re-plating of brightwork, carburettor overhaul and conversion to 12-volt electrics. Other upgrades include a Kirby Rowbotham dual-points coil ignition system, a better engine breather, numerous stainless steel fastenings, Series-C side stands and a Series-C magneto cover. The recorded mileage at the restoration's completion was 36,130 (MoT certificate on file).

Currently displaying a total of 53,730 miles on the odometer, the machine has been routinely maintained and MoT'd from 1991 onwards. In July 2001 (at 43,800 miles) a Conway 'anti-sumping valve and a new François Grosset self-starter were fitted by Don Alexander, while in 2008 (at 48,000 miles) the Amal Monobloc carburettors were re-sleeved, also by Don. A new stainless steel front wheel rim was fitted in 2007 and new Vincent 8" brakes (made by Macro Precision Pumps Ltd) in June 2008, while the engine outer cases were repainted in 2010. A new battery was fitted in 2012.

Last taxed for the road to February 2015 and described as in generally excellent condition, this well documented Series-D Black Shadow is offered with its original old-style logbook, sundry bills, recently expired MoT (2013), assorted instructional literature and V5C registration document.
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