c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552

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Lot 307
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow
Registration no. MLO 286 Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552

Sold for £ 52,500 (US$ 65,467) inc. premium
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow
Registration no. MLO 286
Frame no. RC9452B/C
Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
Rear Frame No: RC9452B/C

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. From Rollie Free's capture of the 'world's fastest production motorcycle' record in 1948 on a tuned Series-B Black Shadow to the final fully enclosed Black Knight and Black Prince, Philip Vincent's stress on appearance and performance is legendary. His machines bristled with innovative features, offering adjustment of brake pedal, footrests, seat height and gear-change lever. The finish was to a very high standard commensurate with the cost of the machine, which was virtually double that of any of its contemporaries.

But above all else it was the v-twin's stupendous performance that captivated motorcyclists, whether they could afford one or not. The appeal of the Vincent, and the 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. With a top speed approaching 120mph and bettering it in the Black Shadow's case, the Vincent v-twin was quite simply the fastest road vehicle of its day.

A desirable all-matching-numbers example, this Black Shadow was acquired by the current vendor more than ten years ago and has covered fewer than 200 miles since a total engine and mechanical rebuild by Tony Hutchinson, a VOC member with a long history of restoring Vincents. The frame, cycle parts and brightwork have been restored also and the machine comes with a huge file of bills for the work carried out. 'MLO 286' is described as totally standard with exception of the 8" front brake (the original 7" brake comes with it). Currently taxed and MoT'd, this beautifully restored Black Shadow is offered with the aforementioned file of restoration bills, an old-style buff logbook and old/current V5/V5C registration documents.

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  • The machine is not currently MOt'd.
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c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
c.1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow Frame no. RC9452B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7552
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