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1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide SOLD by Auction

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  • £22,000 As stated
  • 1948
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Price £22,000 As stated
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Vincent
Model 998cc Rapide
Year 1948
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 13-Jul-2020
Ref C1244993
Following on from our highly successful 86% sold May auction, Bonhams Motoring are delighted to present 115 motor cars and 11 motorcycles in our 25th July Live and Online auction. For more information and to view more pictures and videos of each lot please visit - details above.

Property of a deceased's estate
1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide
Registration no. EBX 969
Frame no. R3155
Engine no. F10AB/1/1165 (see text)
REAR FRAME NO. RC3155 (see text)
CRANKCASE MATING NOS. L88/L88

Odometer reading: 693 miles, believed since restoration - not warranted
MoT expiry date: Unknown

• Present ownership since 1980
• Extensively modified
• Requires re-commissioning

Ever since the Series-A Rapide's arrival in 1937, the Vincent v-twin has been synonymous with design innovation and engineering excellence. But above all else it was the v-twin's stupendous performance that captivated motorcyclists. With a top speed approaching 120mph, and bettering it in the Black Shadow's case, the Vincent v-twin was the fastest road vehicle of its day.

Vincent Owners Club records confirm this machine's upper frame number and engine number pertain to a 1948 Series-B Rapide while the crankcase mating numbers are correct for engine number 'F10AB/1 /1165'. There is evidence of an underlying stamp to engine prefix 'F10AB'; however, this is believed to be a factory error as the typeface appears correct. Rear frame number 'RC3155' is a non-factory re-stamp (note the additional 'C' and different typeface from that of the upper frame number, particularly the '3').

'EBX 690' was first registered in Carmarthenshire and comes with an old-style continuation logbook issued in 1960, which erroneously records the frame number with an additional '5'. Two owners are listed, the second of whom, Mr Kenneth Johnson of St Helens, sold the Vincent to the late owner in February 1980 (sales receipt on file). 'EBX 690' incorporates numerous modifications including Lightning-type brakes, coil ignition, Amal Monobloc carburettors, alloy wheel rims, rev counter and clock, Black Shadow type speedometer, and only one rear brake. The engine turns over but it is not known when the machine was last run. Sold strictly as viewed, it will require re-commissioning or possibly more extensive restoration before further use. The machine is offered with a substantial file of history to include period photographs, bills, correspondence, old V5 document, MoTs, maintenance manuals, and an original Vincent Rider's Handbook.

£22,000 - 28,000

Vendor Score Total: 45/100
Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.

Key for sellers' motorcycle assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Presents well | Good history file | May or may not run
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

EXTERIOR TOTAL: 11/20
Frame Paint: 3
Tinware Paint: 3
Chrome/Brightwork: 2
Plastic/Panels: 3

TRIM/PARTS TOTAL: 12/20
Saddle: 3
Wheels: 3
Cycleparts: 3
Cables: 3

ENGINE TOTAL: 6/20
Turns Over: 2
Starting: 1
Running: 1
Mechanical Components: 2

RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 11/20
Gearbox/Clutch: 2
Front Forks: 3
Rear Suspension: 3
Brakes: 3

ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 5/20
Electrics: 1
Magneto/Generator: 1
Lighting: 1
Ancillary Components: 2

Motorcycle History File:
Receipts & Invoices: Yes
V5C Registration Document: No – Old V5 only
Service History: No
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