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Lot 07: Vincent Comet

Fine Collectors Motorcycles, H&H Sales Limited (22 July 2009)

Introduced in 1949 and only available in Series C form, the Comet was to the single cylinder Vincent range what the Black Shadow was to the twins range. For those who wanted a 500cc single Vincent but could not stretch to a Comet there was the Meteor. Conceived as a high speed sporting single, it was built to the same exacting standards and offered the same features as those afforded by the twin cylinder range to those seeking a 500cc machine. When tested by Motor Cycling the new model proved to have the performance expected of a machine bearing the famous name, with a top speed of 88mph and braking that resulted in it stopping in 21 feet from 30mph, the latter figure a record at the time and the former placing it at the forefront of its class. The new model utilised Girdraulic forks, unlike its sibling the Meteor, which relied on Brampton girders. This example, with original matching engine and frame, was originally registered in the Manchester area and has subsequently remained in the north of England and Scotland, the current owner purchased the machine during 2004 and rode it in the 2007 Isle of Man Centennial Parade. The paintwork, transmission and the engine are described by the vendor as being in "good" condition. It is offered with a Vincent Owners Club Authentication Certificate, Swansea V5C, Mot certificate valid until May 2010 and a road fund licence that is valid until the end of May 2010.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Collectors Motorcycles
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number07
Estimate£7500-£8500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9680
Year1953
Condition rating0
Registration numberPTE 875
Mileage-
Chassis numberRC/1/11590/B
Engine numberF5AB/2A/9690
Engine capacity (cc)500
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors