1951 VINCENT 998CC SERIES-C BLACK SHADOW (LOT 408) SOLD by Auction
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|This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA. |
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.
Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.
1951 VINCENT 998CC SERIES-C BLACK SHADOW (LOT 408)
REGISTRATION NO. GTP 308
FRAME NO. RC9239B REAR FRAME NO. RC9239B
ENGINE NO. F10AB/1B/7339 CRANKCASE MATING NO. SS75
• All matching numbers
• Only four owners from new
• Present ownership since 1979
Ever since the Series A's arrival in 1937, the Vincent v-twin has been synonymous with design innovation, engineering excellence and superlative high performance. From Rollie Free's capture of the 'world's fastest production motorcycle' record in 1948 on a tuned Series-B Black Shadow to the final fully enclosed Black Knight and Black Prince, Philip Vincent's stress on appearance and performance is legendary. His machines bristled with innovative features, offering adjustment of brake pedal, footrests, seat height and gear-change lever. The finish was to a very high standard commensurate with the cost of the machine, which was virtually double that of any of its contemporaries.
But above all else it was the v-twin's stupendous performance that captivated motorcyclists, whether they could afford one or not. The appeal of the Vincent, and the Black Shadow in particular, lay in its ability to out-perform just about every other vehicle on the road, and in the early post-war years there was nothing to compare with it. This was a time when the average family sedan was barely capable of reaching 70mph, and not until the advent of Jaguar's XK120 was there a production sportscar that could live with the thundering v-twins from Stevenage. With a top speed approaching 120mph, and bettering it in the Black Shadow's case, the Vincent v-twin was quite simply the fastest road vehicle of its day.
Vincent Owners Club records show that Black Shadow 'GTP 308' was despatched from the factory in July 1951 to Jenkin & Purser of Portsmouth. The registration, frame, engine, and crankcase mating numbers are all correct. The original logbook records seven changes of ownership up to March 1977 but between only three owners. The current vendor purchased 'GTP 308' from the last owner listed in 1979 to form the centrepiece of an extensive collection of Vincent motorcycles. Used only sparingly and the last of the vendor's private collection to be sold, 'GTP 308' has not seen active use for some time although the engine has been turned occasionally. Wonderfully presented with only a few deviations from factory specification, the machine would be the ideal centrepiece of any collection. Usual safety checks and general servicing is recommended before returning to the road. Accompanying documentation consists of a current V5C Registration Certificate and the aforementioned original logbook.
£55,000 - 65,000
€61,000 - 73,000
As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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