1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)

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Lot 223
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet
Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)

Sold for € 27,600 (US$ 30,522) inc. premium
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet
Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text)
Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
Effectively a Rapide v-twin minus its rear cylinder, the Series-C Vincent Comet built from 1949 to 1954 offered 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. Previously registered 'KRU 756' in the UK, this Vincent Comet was registered in Guernsey from July 1994 to 2010 and comes with a copy of its old Guernsey registration document, UK Certificate of Permanent Export, some old tax discs and sundry maintenance invoices. It should be noted that the engine number does not match that recorded on the registration document and that it is not possible to determine the frame number (painted over). The current owner purchased the machine at Bonhams' Beaulieu Sale in September 2010 (Lot 478). At that time the Comet was said to have a new clutch (fitted five years previously); a reconditioned magneto; and a new advance/retard unit, carburettor float bowl and left-side footrest hanger. Last ridden a few months ago, it is described by the vendor as in generally excellent working order.

Footnotes

  • Vincent 499 cm3 Comet 1951
    Cadre n° RC/1/7239 (voir texte)
    Moteur n° F5AB/2A/4855 (voir texte)

    Essentiellement une Rapide V-twin privée de son cylindre arrière, la Vincent Comet série C construite de 1949 à 1954 offrait le même niveau de raffinement que celui de sa grande sœur malgré une réduction des performances. Mais la Comet qui offrait quand même une vitesse maximale de 145 km/h et une consommation raisonnable était une machine de tourisme idéale pour le connaisseur qui plaçait le bon comportement et la qualité de fabrication avant la performance pure.
    Antérieurement immatriculée « KRU 756 » au Royaume-Uni, la Vincent Comet qui fut immatriculée à Guernesey de juillet 1994 à 2010 est accompagnée de son ancien titre de circulation de Guernesey, de son certificat d'exportation permanente britannique, d'anciennes vignettes de taxation et d'un dossier de factures d'entretien. On notera que le numéro du moteur ne concorde pas avec celui qui figure sur le document d'immatriculation et qu'il n'est pas possible de lire le numéro du cadre (recouvert de peinture). Le propriétaire actuel a acheté la moto à la vente Bonhams à Beaulieu en septembre 2010 (Lot 478). A cette date, la Comet fut décrite comme ayant un embrayage neuf (monté cinq ans avant), une magnéto reconditionnée et un nouveau boîtier de commande d'avance/retard, une cuve de carburateur neuve et un repose-pied gauche neuf. Pilotée il y a encore quelques mois, elle est présentée par le vendeur comme étant en excellent état de fonctionnement.

Saleroom notices

  • This machine is offered with a copy only of the UK Certificate of Permanent Export.
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1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Frame no. RC/1/7239 (see text) Engine no. F5AB/2A/4855 (see text)
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