1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307

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Lot 412
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C
Registration no. RWL 738 Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307

£ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 84,000 - 110,000
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C
Registration no. RWL 738
Frame no. RC/9207B/C
Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
Rear frame no. RC9207B
Crankcase mating no. SS27

• Matching numbers
• Engine completely rebuilt
• VOC dating certificate

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 sedan 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.

This Black Shadow's owner purchased its engine from the widow of VOC member (a Mr Wheeler) and put it in the frame of his non-matching-numbers Comet. He then spent six years searching for the engine's matching frame, and via the VOC discovered that it, together with the original rear frame, front fork, and various other parts, was owned by another member some 12 miles from his home! A sale was arranged and the Black Shadow was then rebuilt using its original components. With the VOC's assistance, the machine's original Oxford registration was obtained (see file).

The engine has been completely rebuilt by SAS Precision Engineering Ltd, following preliminary work done by Simon Linford. It incorporates new valves, guides, and hardened seats; new cylinder barrels with 'O' ring seals; 7.3:1 Omega pistons; all new ball and roller bearings; INA silver-plated big-end cages; new cam spindles; Mk1 cams (Stellited); new V3 clutch, etc, etc (full specification available). Presented in beautiful condition, the machine is offered with sundry invoices, a quantity of old MoTs, V5C Registration Certificate, and a Vincent Owners Club dating certificate.

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1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC/9207B/C Engine no. F10AB/1B/7307
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