1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164

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Lot 564
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow
Registration no. LVR 272 Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164

Sold for £ 82,140 (US$ 114,413) inc. premium
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow
Registration no. LVR 272
Frame no. RC8064B
Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
Rear Frame no. RC8064B
Crankcase mating no. NN 12 (matching)

• Fully matching numbers
• Previous 46-year family ownership
• Un-restored condition
• Original old-style logbook
• Four private owners from new

'Well into the 1960s and even today, when it is wrapped in a mystique carefully cultivated by thousands of fanatically enthusiastic owners, the big Vincent retained that commanding air about it when you met one on the road, and many a rider of avowedly super-sporting machinery would be humiliated by having some much older Black Shadow come past at the canter...' - L J K Setright.

Arguably Britain's foremost motoring journalist of his generation, the late Leonard Setright, himself a keen motorcyclist, was writing in the 1970s but what he said about the Vincent v-twin, and the Black Shadow in particular, remains every bit as true today.

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 saloon 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.

The Black Shadow was indeed a legend in its own lifetime, and in the 60 years since production ceased, the esteem in which this iconic motorcycle is held has only increased, fuelling the demand among discerning collectors for fine examples of the marque, such as that offered here. A matching-numbers example, this Series-C 'Shadow comes with its original old-style buff logbook showing that it was first registered on 6th March 1951 by King's Motors (Oxford) Ltd of Deansgate, Manchester. Its first private owner was one Robert Greenwood of Preston, who took delivery on 21st March that year. The next private owner was Alfred Lewin James of Thornton, Bradford, from whom the late Donald Nelson of Shipley acquired the bike in July 1963. He used the bike with both enthusiasm and care until 1970, and there are records on file from that era showing expenditure of £62 on mechanical spares - a not insignificant spend in 'old money'. The Vincent was carefully laid up in the basement of his house in 1970 and had not turned a wheel since that time when Robert bought it at Bonhams' Stafford auction in April 2009 (Lot 414).

'LVR 272' remains to original specification in all major respects, and will require careful re-commissioning - at the very least - before returning to the road. This fabulous time-warp machine is offered with a history file containing, among other items, an old-style V5C registration document and the aforementioned original logbook.
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1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
1951 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow Frame no. RC8064B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6164
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