Property of a deceased's estate,c.1954 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC11568B/B Engine no. F10AB/1B/8661

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Lot 414
Property of a deceased's estate,c.1954 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C
Registration no. 101 GMO Frame no. RC11568B/B Engine no. F10AB/1B/8661

Sold for £ 43,700 (US$ 60,869) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
c.1954 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C
Registration no. 101 GMO
Frame no. RC11568B/B
Engine no. F10AB/1B/8661
Rear frame no. RC11568B/B
Crankcase mating no. B38B

• Brought back from the USA
• Non-matching frame/engine
• First registered in the UK in 1979
• One owner since 1979
• Restored in the 1980s

The Vincent offered here consists of frame number 'RC11568B/B', which formed part of a Black Shadow despatched to Indian Sales Corp in San Francisco, USA in May 1954, and engine number 'F10AB/1B/8661', which is from a Series-C Shadow that was originally shipped to Indian Sales in Portland, USA in March 1952. It is understood that the apparent over-stamping of the engine number is a production-line error at the Stevenage factory. The crankcase mating number 'B38B' is correct for this engine.

Its late owner purchased the Vincent in September 1979, and it was first registered in the UK with the age-related number '101 GMO' on 2nd October '79. His accompanying notes reveal that the machine was used until November 1980 without significant problems, and then taken off the road for a rebuild. There are numerous bills on file for this work, much of it undertaken by the respected marque specialists, Maughan & Sons, including a complete overhaul of the engine and forks. Once the rebuild had been completed, the odometer was zeroed on 1st June 1981.

A further note states that in February 1982 the decision was made to undertake a concours restoration, and the Vincent was sent to Ray Mawson of Skellingthorpe for this to be carried out. Many parts were replaced with stainless equivalents, a new exhaust system fitted, the magneto overhauled, and a JG 12-volt electronic regulator installed. Subsequent notes are concerned mainly with oil changes, while the last records the renewal of the drive chain (in February 2001). Also on file is a letter concerning work undertaken before the Vincent left the USA, and other documents identifying two of its owners in California and Pennsylvania respectively, though it should be noted that the machine is identified only by its engine number. The most substantial history file (inspection recommended) also contains SORN paperwork, a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs, numerous invoices, assorted technical literature, and old/new V5C Registration Certificates. Ridden by Mark Forsyth, this machine was featured on the cover of Performance Bikes magazine in 1988 to illustrate an article about knee sliding (copy available).

'101 GMO' carries a tax disc that expired on 31st March 2008, and it is understood that the machine has not been used since then. Careful re-commissioning and the customary safety checks are advised before returning it to the road.

Footnotes

  • All Lots are sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is RC11568/B/B. The rear frame number is RC11568/B/B.
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Property of a deceased's estate,c.1954 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC11568B/B Engine no. F10AB/1B/8661
Property of a deceased's estate,c.1954 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC11568B/B Engine no. F10AB/1B/8661
Property of a deceased's estate,c.1954 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-C Frame no. RC11568B/B Engine no. F10AB/1B/8661
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