Sold for £41,400
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: UPB 666
Frame No: RC12072B
Engine No: F10AB/1B/10172
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 company’s closure in 1955. The big V 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.
This Shadow was bought by the vendor in 1997 who after buying the bike discovered that it had a non-matching rear frame member, at some time in the late sixties a previous owner and his wife had both owned Vincents, this one and a Comet. It appears that in various engine swaps the swinging arms ended up being transposed but in June 2004, following the greatly appreciated help of the Vincent Owners Club, the vendor was put in touch with a club member who had the original Shadow rear frame. He was quite happy to re-unite the parts with the correct bike and correspondence detailing the exchange is included as well as the two continuation buff log books tracking the various changes. Following the reuniting of the rear frame with the engine the VOC issued a Certificate of Authenticity for the Shadow and the original registration number was also re-assigned to the bike, all correspondence with DVLA is included. The upper frame number is not visible. The electrical system has been upgraded to 12v with coil ignition added for much easier starting, the original parts are included for retro fitting if so desired together with a current V5C.
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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum, 20th Jul, 2022
Wednesday 20th July 2022, from 9am
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