1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814
Lot 121
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet
Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814
Sold for US$ 33,925 inc. premium

Lot Details
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814 1950 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/6714 Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814
1950 Vincent 499cc Comet
Frame no. RC/1/6714
Engine no. F5AB/2A/4814
• A time capsule machine
• Three known owners from new
• Recently displayed at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum
• One of the most original Comets extant

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. The Meteor was soon dropped but the Comet continued in production until 1954, offering the same refinement as its bigger brother. It combined a 90mph potential with excellent economy, and was an ideal touring mount. An expensive machine to produce, the Comet did not sell as well as hoped and was dropped when the Series-D range was introduced.

Robert 'Buddy' LaLonde was a professional ice skater. While working in the Sonja Henie Ice Revue in London he personally visited the Vincent factory in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and ordered this Comet. The factory Completion Note dated 15-9-50 in LaLonde's name comes with the bike. LaLonde still owned the bike at his death in 2006 when it was sold by the trustee of his estate. However, the new owner didn't get the non-runner going, and so sold it on to the third owner, now selling the bike, who recommissioned it most successfully.

Offered is a low mileage, unrestored condition Comet with a fascinating provenance and fine patina and with a complete set of tools. Parts replaced were the tires, foot pegs, most of the wiring and the seat cover. The magneto armature was re-wound and the capacitor replaced. An electronic voltage regulator is hidden inside the original Miller box.

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Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this motorcycle is titled under the model year 1951.
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