1952 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/10600 Engine no. F5AB/2A/8700

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Lot 188
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. XAS 807 Frame no. RC/1/10600 Engine no. F5AB/2A/8700

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 16,403) inc. premium
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet
Registration no. XAS 807
Frame no. RC/1/10600
Engine no. F5AB/2A/8700
This matching-numbers Vincent Comet was exported new to Kenya and is understood to have been brought back to the UK circa 30 years ago by the last owner’s father, who had used it as his personal transport in the Rift Valley for some years previously. The Kenyan export document is in the history file.

The machine has been the subject to a slow but thorough restoration over the last couple of decades and is now in generally very good condition. A Vincent Owners Club member, the last owner made various sensible modifications to improve its usability while retaining such items as the Amal carburettor should a future owner wish to put it back.

The restoration included a complete engine overhaul by marque specialists, Maughan & Sons, who renewed many components, replacing all the alloy gears in the timing chest with steel, and fitting ‘lead free’ valves and hardened valve seats together with a new cylinder liner and low-expansion piston. The magneto was restored by a gentleman from Bradford recommended by VOC stalwart, Vince Farrell, and has worked beautifully since. An Amal Mk2 Concentric carburettor, complete with K&N air filter, replaces the original, which is included in the sale.

The upper frame member was cleaned of all sludge and an inspection hole made in the bottom end of the tank to facilitate future internal inspections. New wheel and rear frame bearings were installed and the front suspension linkages fitted with grease nipples to extend their life. All three brake drums checked for ovality and skimmed as required. The fork bridge plate (FF32) was made from 3.74mm thick stainless-steel plate. This replaces the original flimsy alloy item and is said to greatly improve the front brakes, as the brake balance beam pivots on it. The front brake cable has been upgraded also by adapting a car handbrake cable, dispensing with the much thinner original. Both front and rear shock absorbers are Koni units while the front spring boxes are fitted with BSA Bantam fork gaiters – a recognised sensible modification. The mudguards are stainless steel and far more durable than the modern alloy replacements.

Long-time VOC member Dave Woods, a regular advertiser in MPH, the Club’s magazine, restored the speedometer, which is reported as very accurate. The fuel tank is painted in two-pack acrylic with genuine gold leaf pin striping applied by one of the few remaining ‘old school’ sign writers. The seat foam is a genuine copy in Dunlopillo and the cover was made by a vehicle upholsterer in Huddersfield. Made from stainless steel, the tool tray is an exact copy of an original with the addition of a lock to prevent it from sliding out. The tools within are correct. An Alton alternator from the VOC Spares Co is fitted to enable use of modern 12-volt lighting while the 14Ah battery is of the sealed gel type so there’s no chance of an accidental acid spill. Needless to say, all the wiring is new.

Described as in generally very good condition, ‘XAS 807’ comes with the all-important VOC certificate of authenticity confirming matching frame/engine numbers; copies of the factory build/despatch sheets; sundry restoration invoices; current MoT and Swansea V5.
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/10600 Engine no. F5AB/2A/8700
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/10600 Engine no. F5AB/2A/8700
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/10600 Engine no. F5AB/2A/8700
1952 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/10600 Engine no. F5AB/2A/8700
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