Jewel from the Scrapyard
A Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

A fully-restored 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide motorcycle which was rescued from a scrapyard will be offered for an estimated £220,000-260,000 at Stafford auction to be held by Bonhams on 26 April. There are only around 65 Series-A Vincent v-twins in existence, making the lot exceptionally rare.

The motorcycle was the penultimate machine dispatched from the Vincent factory in Stevenage before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. It was purchased in 1959 by motorcycle enthusiast, Harry Lloyd, for £10 and an Amal TT carburetor. Lloyd restored the bike to its former glory and used it for family trips around the United Kingdom until, in 1968, it was dismantled for further restoration, and stored in a lock-up garage in Liverpool.

The bike remained in storage for a decade, during which time an administrative error meant that ownership of the garage had been reallocated. When Lloyd arrived, he found the padlocks on the garage had been cut off, and his motorcyles - including the Vincent - had been deposited in a skip. After much argument, Lloyd transported the bikes back to his home in Liverpool, where they sat undisturbed in the rear bedroom for 15 years.

Ben Walker, the International Director of the Motorcycle Department at Bonhams, said: 'In 2007, restoration of the Vincent finally began, but, sadly, Mr. Lloyd passed away before seeing the finished rebuild. No doubt he would have been very proud of the finished machine. Seven years of restoration have resulted in a magnificent motorcycle completed to Concours standard. The Stafford auction offers the rare opportunity to acquire this highly desirable machine, one of the holy grails of the motorcycle world, and a must for any major collection.'


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