HRD Motorcycles was founded in 1928 by Howard Raymond Davies, a fighter pilot who was shot down during World War One and interned in a POW camp in Germany.
During his capture he came up with the idea of building his own motorcycle, and following his release went into partnership with E.J. Massey. The company saw some racing success but was never profitable and as such was folded not long after.
The engineering rights were soon purchased by Phil Vincent, who renamed the company Vincent HRD moving production to a new factory in Stevenage.
The first Vincent-HRD motorcycle used JAP single-cylinder engine in a Vincent-designed cantilever frame, but plans were soon drawn to build their own engine after a disastrous 1934 IOM TT, as all three entries failed to finish with engine issues.
Vincent produced the Meteor and Comet 500cc single cylinder motorcycle models, capable of over 90mph however his customers desired more power and so in 1936 saw the birth of the Series A Rapide, a V-Twin 998cc engine capable of 110mph, the following years saw Series B, C and D versions all using the same basic engine design.
These were the fastest production motorcycles the world had ever seen, the build quality and design were second to none however the company went bankrupt in 1955 due to a refusal by Phil Vincent to compromise on quality to reduce costs, some eleven thousand units were produced post War, today they are still one of the most collectable motorcycles on the planet.
Registered 26th March 1952, this fine example has only had two owners from new and is a matching number example. It was purchased by the second owner in 1985 and underwent a comprehensive restoration not long after. Since the work was completed the bike remained in a heated garage virtually unused. It remains in absolutely excellent condition and is working order. It is supplied with a number of bills for the restoration work, old MoT’s, UK V5C logbook and two original maintenance books. An absolutely superb example.