1949 HRD VINCENT RAPIDE Series C 998cc

“Transition Year” Model


Production records show that this Rapide was actually manufactured in 1949  and first registered for the road on 12th July 1949, 1949 /  1950 being the transition year for HRD Vincent, being the year in which HRD changed their trading name to purely Vincent, this was due to the fact that impending legal problems were mounting against the HRD company by HD (Harley Davidson) the giant American firm who eventually bullied Vincent into submission, hence the name HRD was completely dropped in 1950. Evidence of the transition can be seen engine where the HRD, later models just had the Vincent name. With age patina that is a great asset when coming from a recent restoration. “ FPY 327   “ comes with  original owners manual and handbooks. Factory records show that in 1949 model were produced with engine numbers from 1401 to 4980, production numbers being very low as Vincent’s were a small factory with their main interest being road racing competitions. This Engine number being 2080 is really a very low also the mating numbers being number 55 denotes a very early crankcase casting making this Rapide a very desirable investment that will only ever go one way. A rare find with early Vincents with only a few left in existence make this bike a very rarer find indeed. The works detailed are in no particular order but starting with the most important, the engine and gearbox, stripped and completely rebuilt using new parts supplied by Conways wherever necessary.  Martin Quirk, was commissioned to do this work, a very well known and successful Vincent period Road Racer who only works on Vincents and is recognized throughout the Vincent fraternity ass being one of the top Vincents experts in the UK, and the world for that matter. New Cylinder Liners and pistons by Bob Dunn another great Vincent specialist, Forks and carbs completely stripped, parts renewed where necessary by Martin Ratby. Wheels and rims where re-spoked in SS by Central Wheels all paint work by Paintwork Express. This labour of love was over a period 12 year period and having only covered less than one mile will need careful running in at slow speed for at least 500 miles. Currently the oil being used is 10/30 fully synthetic

Totally unmolested, original Amals, which is rare on these as most have Mon blocs fitted, 6 v electrics as the original The only deviation from standard is he 150 mph speedo compete the picture. This upgrade makes this Rapide very close in appearance to the Black Shadow. If you want the most original Vincent Rapide currently for sale on the Planet then you have just found it.


ESTIMATE £54,000- £59,000

Auction The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show
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lot details

Lot Number 373
Registration Number UK Registered
Chassis Number RC 3980
Year 1949
Make Vincent
Model Rapide

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