1968/2004 Egli-Vincent 998cc
Registration no. KFX 231F
Frame no. EV461
Engine no. F10AB/1B/EV451
Built for Robert White by Patrick Godet
Completed in 2004
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-win 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. Widely copied, 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.
Completed in 2004, the machine offered here was built for Robert by former Coupe d'Endurance Champion and world renowned Vincent specialist, Patrick Godet, using an Egli-type frame of his own manufacture. Other noteworthy features of this formidable machine include a complete new engine, electric starter, electronic ignition, 12-volt alternator electrics, multi-plate clutch, 35mm Ceriani GP forks, 210mm Fontana-type 4LS front brake, Black Lightning-type rear brake, 5" Smiths speedometer, 3" Smiths tachometer, aluminium wheel rims (WM2x19 front, WM3/18 rear), aluminium fuel tank, and Maxton suspension units (full specification available).
One completion the Egli was registered under a French title identifying it as of 1968 manufacture. It was first registered in the UK on 2nd August 2004 and last MoT'd in 2008-2009 (certificate available). Used sparingly on the Isle of Man, the Egli has covered a mere 744 miles over the last 12 years and has been kept and appreciated as a work of art. The machine went back to Patrick Godet for its first inspection (at 435 miles) and his report is in the history file. Additional accompanying documentation consists of an old-style V5C registration document; DVLA SORN paperwork; and the original purchase agreement, correspondence, and 37,000 purchase invoice. An instruction manual for the electric starter and a spare parts list are included in the sale.