1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739

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Lot 173
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C
Registration no. MFD 186 Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739

Sold for £ 42,550 (US$ 56,416) inc. premium
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C
Registration no. MFD 186
Frame no. RC9639/C
Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
Rear frame no. RC4984
Crankcase mating no. UU81

• Matching upper frame member, engine, and registration numbers
• Present ownership for 35 years
• Numerous enhancements

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 'Series D' Black Knight and Black Prince, Philip Vincent's stress on appearance and performance is legendary. His machines bristled with innovative features including adjustable footrests, brake pedal, 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.

In 1948 the Vincent range began to be up-dated from 'Series B' to 'Series C' specification. The most significant changes made concerned the suspension, there being a revised arrangement at the rear incorporating curved lugs for the seat stays and an hydraulic damper between the spring boxes, while at the front the new models boasted Vincent's own 'Girdraulic' fork: a blade-type girder fitted with twin hydraulic dampers. These advances began to find their way onto production models during 1948 but it would be 1950 before all Vincents left the factory in 'Series C' specification.

Manufactured in September 1951, this Series-C Rapide was completed to touring specification and retains matching upper frame member, engine, and registration numbers (the rear frame member is from a Series-C Rapide built in June 1950). The machine has been in the current owner's possession for the last 35 years. Noteworthy features include Black Shadow brake drums, Amal Concentric carburettors, stainless steel silencer, Series-B gearbox cover, and an after-market centre stand (there is no side stand or pillion footrests). Presented in generally good running condition, the machine is offered with an old-style logbook and a V5C registration document (it should be noted that the frame and engine numbers are transposed on the latter).

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • There is an old style log book with this Lot.
Contacts
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-C Frame no. RC9639/C Engine no. F10AB/1/7739
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