Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 211
Year : 1950
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : LLD 484
Chassis No. : # RC/1/6354
Engine No. : # F5AB/2A/4454
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Rear frame no. RC/1/6354
Crankcase mating no. 3K
Effectively a Rapide v-twin minus its rear cylinder, the Series-C Vincent Comet built from 1949 to 1954 offered the same degree of refinement as its bigger brother, albeit with reduced performance. Even so, the Comet combined a 90mph potential with excellent fuel economy, and was the ideal touring mount for the discerning rider who placed civility of manners and quality of construction above outright performance. An expensive machine to produce, the single-cylinder Vincent did not sell as well as its maker had hoped, and the Comet was dropped when the Series-D range was introduced for 1954.
According to VOC records, Vincent Comet with frame '6354' and engine '4454' was despatched to the famous Claude Rye dealership in Fulham, West London on 26th July 1950. Presented in 'barn find' condition, the Comet was acquired from the vendor's late father-in-law circa 40 years ago and has been in storage ever since. Last taxed/MoT'd in 1976/77, and apparently complete, the machine is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed (close inspection advised). Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1970) and an old MoT certificate (expired 1977).