1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600

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Lot 270
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project
Registration no. LYW 761 Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 19,222) inc. premium
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project
Registration no. LYW 761
Frame no. RC/1/8500
Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
Unlike in pre-war days, when the first (Series-A) Vincent-HRD v-twin had been created by - in effect - combining two of the existing singles, post-WW2 Vincent's approach was reversed, with the Series-B twin appearing first, in 1946, and the single-cylinder version in 1948. The latter was offered in two forms initially: Series-B Meteor and Series-C Comet. Apart from its Burman gearbox and 'missing' cylinder, the Comet followed Series-C twin lines, featuring the newly introduced Girdraulic front fork and hydraulic dampers at front and rear, while the Meteor retained the old Brampton girders. The Meteor was soon dropped but the Comet continued in production until 1954, offering 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. An expensive machine to produce, the Comet did not sell as well as its maker had hoped and was dropped when the Series-D range was introduced.
This particular Comet has been kept in dry storage since its acquisition by the current vendor in November 1963 and was last MoT'd for the road in 1964/65 (certificate on file). Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, it also comes with an old-style V5 registration document. The machine's Smiths 5" 'Black Shadow' speedometer is a particularly noteworthy feature.

Saleroom notices

  • The machine is offered with a spare rear frame member, number: RC6587B
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1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
1951 Vincent 499cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/8500 Engine no. F5AB/2A/6600
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