1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026

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Lot 140
1955 Vincent Black Prince

Frame no. RD 12777B
Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026

Sold for US$ 79,350 inc. premium
1955 Vincent Black Prince

Frame no. RD 12777B
Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026

Groundbreaking new designs in the motorcycle world rarely generate wild sales figures, but they do leave an impression. The Vincent Black Prince is an excellent example – a machine decades ahead of its time, and a concept proven sound those same decades later; the fully enclosed motorcycle. While the Vincent Black Shadow established the factory as builders of the world's fastest motorcycle, Philip Vincent was also a practical rider, as well as a visionary. His concept was a 'two wheeled Bentley', a luxurious motorcycle with great performance, and a civilized relationship to a rider's clothing, on which a suited gentleman could arrive at his destination quickly and without oil on his brogues.

The Black Prince was, beneath that radical fiberglass bodywork, a Series D Black Shadow, which meant the oil tank/upper frame member was replaced with a strut (and a separate oil tank beneath the seat), and a monoshock rear suspension unit replaced the twin items used previously. The wheel diameter was reduced, the electrics were changed from Miller to Lucas, and the fussy twin front stands replaced with a single, handlever-controlled center stand. With all that thick fiberglass, the weight of the Black Prince was 462lbs (still incredibly light by today's standards for a liter-bike), although the top speed was actually reduced by 10mph due to the complicated bodywork. The Black Prince was still plenty fast, and reached its 110mph potential in gentlemanly, if slightly sinister, style.

This 1955 Vincent Black Prince, engine # F10 AB 2B 11026, was restored by Henry Wing, Bernie McGarrah, and Richard Haskins, and was actually Henry Wing's last restoration, back in 1984.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this motorcycle is titled under its engine number.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct frame number for this motorcycle is RD12898B. Please also note that an extensive history file with receipts and original documentation is available for viewing and will accompany the motorcycle post-sale.
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1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
1955 Vincent Black Prince Frame no. RD 12777B Engine no. F10AB/2B/11026
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