Property of a deceased's estate,1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/7324 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424

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Lot 316
Property of a deceased's estate,1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project
Registration no. RVX 360 Frame no. RC/1/7324 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 24,027) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project
Registration no. RVX 360
Frame no. RC/1/7324
Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424
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. An expensive machine to produce, the single-cylinder Vincent did not sell as well as its maker had hoped, and the Comet was dropped when the Series-D range was introduced for 1954.

Despatched from the Vincent factory in November 1950 to dealership Smith & Double in Ilford, Essex, this matching-numbers Series-C Comet was purchased by the lady vendor's late father - Mr N G Gower - in August 1957; he is the second of only two owners listed in the accompanying old-style continuation logbook, the first of whom, Mason Merrick of Chelmsford, Essex, had acquired the Vincent in January of that year. Following Mr Gower's death in 2015, 'RVX 360' was discovered beneath a carpet in his garage where it had been stored, unused, for circa 50 years, the last tax disc having expired in the 1960s. The Comet was previously unknown to the Vincent Owners Club. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with the 1957 purchase receipt (£77 10s) and the aforementioned logbook.
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Property of a deceased's estate,1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/7324 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424
Property of a deceased's estate,1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/7324 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424
Property of a deceased's estate,1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/7324 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424
Property of a deceased's estate,1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/7324 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424
Property of a deceased's estate,1950 Vincent 498cc Comet Project Frame no. RC/1/7324 Engine no. F5AB/2A/5424
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