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Lot 413: 1949 Vincent-HRD 500cc Meteor

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (21 October 2007)

The Vincent-HRD marque originated in 1928 when Philip C Vincent acquired the name, jigs, tools and patterns of the recently liquidated HRD Company. (‘HRD’ stood for Howard Raymond Davies, the Isle of Man TT winner who had founded the firm in 1924). Like Davies before him, Vincent relied on proprietary engines until increasing dissatisfaction with suppliers led to the creation of Vincent’s own 500cc single in 1934, which was later doubled up to create the legendary Series-A Rapide v-twin. Post-war this situation was reversed, with an all-new v-twin appearing first, in May 1946, followed by the single-cylinder version in 1949. The latter was offered in two forms initially – Series-B Meteor and Series-C Comet – the main differences between the two being the new Girdraulic front fork fitted to the latter, while the former retained the old Brampton girders, and the Meteor’s slightly smaller carburettor. When production of Series-B models was phased out during 1950 the Meteor disappeared from the range, making it one of the rarer of post-war Vincent-HRDs. Supplied new to Messrs Redhill in Maidstone in September 1949, this restored Meteor has been in the current owner’s possession for more than 20 years, spending 16 of those years on display in the recently closed Porthmadoc Museum in North Wales. Offered with old-style Swansea V5 registration document, the machine will, of course, require re-commissioning before returning to the road after its long period on museum display.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Staffordshire County Showground
Lot Number413
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£14000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£16100
Condition rating
Registration numberLKT 434
Chassis numberR/1/4657
Engine numberF5AB/2/2757
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Engine - cylinders
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