27th Oct, 2021 12:00

National Motorcycle Museum

 
  Lot 120
 

1953 Vincent Black Shadow

Sold for £74,750

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: NXU 128
Engine No: F10AB/1B/10116
Frame No: RC12016B
CC: 1000
MOT: Exempt

  • Part of a deceased estate, owned by a Vincent enthusiast since 1980
  • Matching UFM and engine numbers bike fitted with an Electric Starter kit and 12v battery
  • BTH CDI self-generating Magneto and an Alton 12v Dynamo
  • Dave Hills easy to use tread down centre stand
  • Lots of Stainless Steel nuts, bolts, and brackets
  • Offered with a parts list, service book, and a current V5C

The Vincent story began with Phil Vincent's purchase of the HRD name in 1928, initially producing bikes using proprietary engines in his own chassis. Always the innovator by the mid-30s he had developed his own 500cc single and 1000cc twin-cylinder designs that survived until the companies closure in 1955. The big vee twin was the fastest motorcycle in the world at the time and with some astute marketing become the bike everyone aspired to own. The Rapide and Black Shadow range have become some of the most desirable and iconic bikes of the era.

Part of a deceased estate this beautiful Black Shadow was first registered on the 18th of June 1953 and bought by the last owner, an engineer, in 1980 using it at the time for touring and holidays with friends. Research shows the engine number F10AB/1B/10116 and the UFM RC12016B (RFN impossible to read) matching a series C Black Shadow manufactured in 1953, factory records are missing for this bike once sold but the registration NXU 128 is a London number. The bike comes fitted with a few desirable modifications including an electric starter kit, BTH mag, Alton dynamo, Stainless Steel exhaust system and a Hills center stand. It looks to have been an ongoing restoration project with a receipt dated 16.09.10 for £3600 worth of assorted work and one dated 09.09.16 for another £1900. A lot of the nuts and bolts are stainless and the wheels are fitted with stainless spokes. As well as a current V5C there is an original Vincent parts list and a 'Motor Cycling' maintenance book. Now showing an unverified 50116 miles on its 5" 150 MPH speedo there is an old MOT stating the mileage as being 50036 back in 2010 so has obviously not had much use in recent years. It has recently been started briefly just to make sure everything turns over okay but will need some recommissioning work before use.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham
ian.cunningham@handh.co.uk
07415871189

 

All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum, 27th Oct, 2021

AUCTION VENUE
National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road
Bickenhill
Solihull
West Midlands
B92 0EJ

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