1954 VINCENT TWIN 998CC 'Rapide Series C' MOTORCYCLE REGISTRATION NO. OFD 794 Registered the 24th day of March 1954 CHASSIS FRAME NO. RC11856 ENGINE NO. F10AB/1/9956.(Original) CRANKCASE MATING NO. 'Made in England Vincent No. F10AB/1/9956.' A fine example of this classic motorcycle sympathetically restored to a high standard in lined black paintwork with 'The Vincent' transfer to fuel tank, polished aluminium engine casing with air cooled cylinders, shock absorbers, re-upholstered seat, horn and stand. Head light beam control with Miller dial. Smiths RC95 Chronometric RPM x 100 Rev indicator and Smiths M.A. Chronometric 5.433/3/L speed and milometer dials. Replaced rear number plate with 'stop' rear light indicator. The motorcycle was originally registered as a combination machine. Taxation Class 'Sidecar Bicycle'. The motorcycles is sold together with its original log book stamped with a first purchaser which appears to have been a Motorcycle retailer in the name of Messrs Chas.E.Cope & Sons Limited of 193 High Street, Dudley and then documented owners indicate it stayed in one family from 1954 until at leased 1967. Provenance. The Vincent was purchased from a private owner in Fairford. Gloucestershire. And comes with its original log book and a modern Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency V5C Registration document. No CA 0687695. The Vincent Series A's was developed in 1937 and the Vincent v-twin has been synonymous with design innovation, engineering excellence and superlative high performance. Vincent twins were the regarded as the world's fastest production motorcycle in 1948 and this was achieved on a tuned 'Series B' Black Shadow. Philip Vincent's had it all and their appearance and performance is legendary. His machines had the latest developments which included adjustable footrests, brake pedal, seat height and gear-change lever. The finish of the Vincent was to a very high standard and gave his competitors little chance of meeting his high standards. Also the Vincent's v-twin's superior performance captivated motorcyclists. The top speed was in the region of 120mph, making it the fastest road vehicle of its day. In 1948 the Vincent began to be updated from 'Series B' to 'Series C' specification. Thy changed the suspension and had hydraulic damper fitted between the spring boxes, They fitted Vincent's own 'Girdraulic' forks with twin hydraulic dampers. Vincents 'Series C' specification motorcycles came on to the British market in 1950. And was the most wanted motorcycles of its time. Condition Report: PLEASE NOTE: Any prospective purchaser can view this lot by appointment prior to the auction. This motorcycle is being sold on behalf of a private vendor in the Midlands but bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality of the lot prior to bidding.
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