1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/5967 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5815 (see text)
Lot 298
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. LKH 108 Frame no. RC/1/5967 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5815 (see text)
Sold for £14,950 (US$ 19,999) inc. premium

Lot Details
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/5967 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5815 (see text) 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/5967 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5815 (see text) 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/5967 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5815 (see text)
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. LKH 108
Frame no. RC/1/5967
Engine no. F5AB/2A/5815 (see text)
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.

Originally fitted with engine number '4067' (the current engine is a replacement), this Comet was purchased by the current vendor in July 1974. In 1976 the engine was re-bored and fitted with a new piston and main bearings, while circa 2005 a renovation of the cycle parts was carried out. This included stripping the machine to the frame; reassembling with new fastenings and bushes; re-enamelling the fuel tank; rebuilding the wheels with new stainless rims and spokes; replacing the tyres; fitting a new chain and clutch; up-rating the electrics to 12-volt; and fitting a new battery. More recently (in 2011) the Vincent was serviced by Bill Bunn Motorcycles (bill on file). The machine is offered with additional invoices; an old-style continuation logbook (1966); a quantity of old tax discs and MoTs (most recent expired 2013); SORN paperwork; fuel ration books (x2); current road fund licence; V5C document and a copy of the Works Order Form (engine).
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