1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130

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Lot 153
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C
Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130

Sold for US$ 54,050 inc. premium
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C
Frame no. RC8030B
Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
• Iconic motorcycle
• Comes from private collection
• Never been restored

'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, fueling the demand among discerning collectors for fine examples of the marque, such as that offered here.
The Series C we have here got out of the manufacture on August 23rd 1951. It has never been restored and shows 9 852 miles on the odometer.

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

  • The rear frame number is RC8030B. The crankcase mating numbers are MM95. This is a standard matching numbers Shadow that was dispatched from the factory to Indian Sales Corp on 16th February 1951. Additionally, the title will be in transit.
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1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C Frame no. RC8030B Engine no. F10AB/1B/6130
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