The baby brother to the legendary Black Shadow, the Vincent Rapide was sold from 1936-55 in 3 distinct ‘Series’. The final run was the Series C, which commenced in 1949. It offered the Rapide as a base model and the Black Shadow as the higher state of tune. Here’s one that’s going to need some work, but it’s offered at no reserve.
The Rapide’s 998cc V-twin was good for 45 horsepower – the Black Shadow got an additional 10hp. By the standards of the 50’s, this motorcycle was absolutely incredible. Top speed was about 120 miles per hour, and you got between 50-60 miles per gallon, to boot. MSRP was originally $1,250 – nowadays you’ll be lucky to snag one for less than 20 times that amount, which is roughly what the current bidding is at.
This example (VIN: RC19087D) shows 22,702 miles and it’s said to come “from a private collection where it sat with the same owner since 1974.” That owner purchased it in the UK while in the military and were soon re-stationed to Florida, where the bike has remained since. “I am listing it as a non-running full restoration project as it has been sitting for many years and the motor does not spin over. I did fill up the cylinders and bike with oils.” A letter from the Vincent Owner’s Club says that the upper frame was from a ’51 Comet, the rear frame was from a ’51 Rapide, and the engine was from a ’50 Rapide. Records are fun!
Find this Rapide for sale in Lutz, Florida with bidding up to $27,600 here on eBay.
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