1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Rapide Frame no. RC9961 Engine no. F10AB/1/8061

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Lot 309
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Rapide
Registration no. RJO 625 Frame no. RC9961 Engine no. F10AB/1/8061

Sold for £ 32,200 (US$ 40,153) inc. premium
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Rapide
Registration no. RJO 625
Frame no. RC9961
Engine no. F10AB/1/8061
Rear frame no. RC9961

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: adjustable 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. With a top speed approaching 120mph, and bettering it in the Black Shadow's case, the Vincent v-twin was the fastest road vehicle of its day.

This Rapide was purchased by the present owner in 1981. It has seen little use over the years and has been kept in dry storage throughout and started periodically. The current odometer reading is 8,503 miles. Various works have been carried out over the years including refurbishment by Furness & Searle in 1982, the fitting of a Vee Two clutch assembly in 1997, and a BT-H magneto in 2007. It was re-bored by Hugh McAllister, has Shadow brake drums and 12-volt electrics, and is fitted with a Dave Hills 'Tread Down' centre stand. We are advised that it leaks oil when standing and blows oil from the breather when running.
The history file contains copies of the Works Order Form, Road Test Report and Despatch Check Sheet, all dating from November 1951, together with a certified copy from Oxfordshire Record Office Archives showing the entry for this motorcycle. Additional documentation includes receipts from the previous ownership; the purchase receipt dated 1981; various lists of parts supplied and works carried out; SORN paperwork; an old-style continuation logbook; a V5C registration document and a quantity of expired tax discs and MoT certificates. Also included are The Vincent Motor Cycle Co Spare Parts List and The VOC Spares Company Ltd Price List. This motorcycle will require re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road.

Saleroom notices

  • The UFM and RFM Numbers are both RC9961/E.
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