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Vincent Rapide C (1951)

Vincent Rapide C with electric starter

EUR 64,000JPY 7,939,840BGN 125,171CZK 1,680,512DKK 476,314GBP 56,968HUF 23,126,400PLN 285,862RON 311,859SEK 653,056CHF 69,331ISK 10,297,600NOK 683,315HRK 483,904RUB 5,767,162TRY 604,493AUD 103,520BRL 409,235CAD 99,226CNY 500,173HKD 588,608IDR 1,081,305,600ILS 253,504INR 5,625,888KRW 84,401,280MXN 1,524,026MYR 310,387NZD 108,870PHP 3,662,912SGD 102,022THB 2,308,480ZAR 1,166,118

Offered for: EUR 64,000

  • Vincent Rapide C
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Seller: Private
  • Leif Hennings
  • 4, Hent Haleg
  • F 29500 Ergué-Gabéric
  • France France
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Request for Vincent Rapide C (1951) | Vehicle-ID: 204668

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  • Vehicle data
  • Description
  • Condition
  • Make Vincent
  • Model Rapide C
  • Year of manufacture 1951
  • Type Sports Bike
  • Chassis number RC9144/D
  • Gearbox number n.a.
  • Engine number 10AE/1/7244
  • Exterior colour Black
  • Report n.a.
  • Condition category Restored
  • Mileage 5,000 km
  • Previous owners n.a.
  • First registration n.a.
  • Matching numbers Yes
  • Cafe Racer n.a.

Technical details

  • Engine design 4-Takt | OHV
  • Power (kw/hp) 33/45
  • Cubic capacity (ccm) 998
  • Cylinders 2
  • Starter Electric starter
  • Cooling Air
  • Transmission n.a.
  • Gearshift Pedal Control Right
  • Gears 4
  • Drive Chain
  • Fuel Petrol
  • Front Brake Drum
  • Rear Brake Drum
  • Curb weight (kg) n.a.

I bought the bike in 1982 in Buenos Aires / Argentina, where I worked at that time. It was in running conditions, but worn out. It is equipped with a Black Shadow speedo ("Vincent clock") and with finned brake drums, also a Black Shadow feature.

The Vincent was my dream to complete my little collection of V-twin bikes, which then consited of Harley Davidson 1200 JD with side car from 1927, Brough Superior SS 100 from 1937, Harley Davidson WL 750 from 1943 and Moto Guzzi 850 T3 from 1976. 

In 1987, the bike has been fully restaured in England. However, I was not really lucky with it, so I brought it in 2004 to Patrick Godet in France. It took three years to do the job, but the result was worth the waiting time. He did a complete mechanical overhaul including some modernizations:
Bearings, pistons, valves and valve seats for unleaded fuel, multi plate clutch, 12 V Alton generator, electric starter,  electronic ignition, Amal Concentric carburettors, electric turn indicators, modern brake lining, stainless steel spokes, and sealing of the gasoline tank. He also installed an original Miller headlamp, the last one he had on stock. He installed a kick starter from another client's bike who in change got mine. My bike had the one he needed and he had the one I needed. All original pieces are kept.

The speedo has been overhauled by a specialist in England.

In 2008, a certificate for historic vehicles licence plate was issued.

Since the phantastic job of Patrick Godet I did approximately 5.000 wonderful and trouble free kms with the bike.

After the restauration in England and before the 2nd restauration by Patrick Godet, the bike was on exhibition at the Auto- und Technik Museum in Sinsheim / Germany, due to overseas jobs.

Before having started another overseas job in 2012, I brought the bike again to the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim / Germany, where it was on exhibition until beginning of September 2020, when I brought it to Patrick Godet Motorcycles to renew tyres and battery and to do a comprehensive check and general overhaul in order to make sure that you get a perfect bike. This job should be finished by end of September 2020.

With the bike you will get of course all original pieces (including the ingenious original clutch and a double exhaust pipe without silencers of "Black Lightning" style, which had been installed when I bought the Vincent in Argentina) and some literature such as spare parts list and operation instructions. 

 

Condition, Registrations & Documents

  • Report provider Tennant-Eyles and Patrick Godet
  • Historic license plate
  • Registered
  • Ready to drive
  • Accident-free

Vehicle-ID: 204668

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