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Lot 190 - 1954 Vincent Rapide Series C

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ESTIMATE £40,000- £50,000

Auction The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show February 2016
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Lot Number 190
Reg. Number OYX 938
Chassis Number RC12290
Year 1954
Make Vincent
Model Rapide

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Description

Registered 19th July 1954 and retaining its original registration number OXY 938 this is a fully matching number series C Rapide. Unfortunately Vincent factory records for engine numbers above 9999 are not available and so the suppling dealer and first owner are not known, however we know this bike was sold by Atlantic Motorcycles in 1993 to the previous owner of some 22 years and kept in his collection for many years until his recent passing.

A fine running example the bike has recently received a full service and fitment of a new 12v battery. The overall condition is very good, the bike has obviously been well maintained over the years, the paint is still in good order, there are no dents in the fuel tank and the bike has no signs of corrosion. 

The engine mating numbers E17V are clearly visible as are the both the upper frame member and rear frame member numbers of RC12290. A well presented and useable example it has been fitted with a new battery and battery box  and is supplied with a VOC dating certificate, some old photos and the UK V5C.

A useable and highly collectable example it is said to be in very good running order. Vincent V twins are at the fore front of the classic / collector motorcycle market at present, not only as a sure fire investment but they are also magnificent to ride, this is a good opportunity to acquire a correct matching number example at a sensible estimate as prices are continuing to rise.


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