1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624

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Lot 364
1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow
Registration no. NHW 768 Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624
Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 45,005) inc. premium

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1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC/1/7578 Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624
1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow
Registration no. NHW 768
Frame no. RC/1/7578
Engine no. F10AB/1B/5624
Rear Frame no. RC7524B
Ever since the Series A’s arrival in 1937, the Vincent v-twin has been synonymous with design innovation, engineering excellence and superlative high performance. The appeal of the Vincent, and the 120mph-plus Black Shadow in particular, lay in its ability to out-perform just about every other vehicle on the road, and in the early post-war years there was nothing to compare with it. This was a time when the average family sedan was barely capable of reaching 70mph, and not until the advent of Jaguar’s XK120 was there a production sports car that could live with the thundering v-twins from Stevenage.

Vincent Owners Club records show that engine number ‘F10AB/1B/5624’ (with upper frame ‘RC7524B’) belonged to a Black Shadow that went to Copes in Dudley in December 1950 while this machine’s upper frame (number ‘RC/1/7578’) is from a Comet that went to Huxhams in Parkstone, again in December 1950. The rear sub-frame (‘RC7524B’) is correct for the engine. The only other known exceptions to absolute originality are Slater alloy back plates fitted to the front brakes, manual advance/retard control, Koni dampers front and rear, and de-compressors fitted to both cylinder heads. A JG 12-volt conversion was fitted at one time but was later removed. The dynamo’s charging rate is not known as the connections were altered to suit the conversion and may need to be checked again. A new battery will be required also.

‘NHW 768’ was acquired by the current vendor in 1971, having been restored by the previous owner, and used regularly for the next 20 years. Apart from one week at the Isle of Man TT in the 1970s, the machine has been dry-stored securely and not used by anyone else. Over the past 20 years it has seen relatively little use. Started as recently as May 2011 and taken for a short test run, the Shadow is described by the vendor as in generally good condition; not concours but very clean with only a few marks and small paint chips here and there. The original Dunlop rims have been re-spoked and fitted with a pair of new Avon Speedmaster MkII tyres, correct for this model. Other new parts fitted include the exhaust pipes, passenger footrest rubbers, speedometer cable and kick-start return spring, while the engine has been refilled with Castrol Grand Prix 50 oil. The machine is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.
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