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Vincent Rapide C (1951)

Vincent Rapide C with electric starter

EUR 64,000JPY 7,748,480BGN 125,171CZK 1,718,272DKK 476,998GBP 58,586HUF 22,803,200PLN 285,850RON 310,016SEK 670,592CHF 68,282ISK 9,945,600NOK 697,683HRK 484,416RUB 5,050,682TRY 495,046AUD 104,998BRL 391,072CAD 98,618CNY 510,982HKD 559,718IDR 1,037,637,120ILS 247,968INR 5,452,288KRW 86,579,840MXN 1,659,072MYR 309,453NZD 112,211PHP 3,600,512SGD 100,531THB 2,230,080ZAR 1,243,277

Offered for: EUR 64,000

  • Vincent Rapide C
  • Vincent Rapide C
  • Vincent Rapide C
  • Vincent Rapide C
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  • 74889 Sinsheim
  • Germany Germany
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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 (read) 5,000 km
  • Previous owners n.a.
  • First registration n.a.
  • Matching numbers Yes
  • Café 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.

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 him 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 new, valve seats for unleaded fuel, multi plate clutch, 12 V 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 and 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.

I did approximately 5.000 wonderful and trouble free kms with the bike. 

Before having started another overseas job in 2012, I brought the bike to the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim / Germany, where it is still on exhibition.

The finish is well, there are only two minor scratches on front top of the tank, which are to be found at many Vincents: When dismantling the tank, it may touch the upper stearing member. Unluckily, this happened also to me.

The tyres are old and should be changed dispite having well tread, and the battery is surely no more working. The electrical turn indicators have been removed for exhibition. The nuts of the rear chain wheel tended to loosen. They sould be changed and/or secured for example by means of Lock Tight. Except that, the bike is fully fit for use.

With the bike you will get of course all original pieces (including a double exhaust pipe without silencers, which had been installed when I bought it 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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