Better known for their high-performance motorcycles, Vincent tried to keep solvent by producing industrial engines for lawn mowers, etc. but their most radical design was the Amanda, making them true pioneers of personal watercraft.
The Bonhams auction at the International Classic MotorCycle Show at the Staffordshire County Showground topped £1.4 million on Sunday 28th April, with the top-selling lot a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, which realised £113,500.
When most people think of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, what generally comes to mind is cars. Really good cars. Acres of really good cars. But what most people don’t know is that motorcycles have been there with them on the green every year since the beginning, as they were March 11, 2012.
Two iconic motorcycles, Marty Dickerson’s 1948 Vincent Rapide, aka the “Blue Bike,” and Dan Gurney’s “Alligator Bike,” will be on display at the fourth annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, taking place on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. This year, the day-long event will pay tribute to the Evolution of the Motorcycle, featuring Indian Motorcycles, while also showcasing legendary motorcycles from the past, present and concepts for the future.
Though one might occasionally bump into a Vincent on eBay, you've probably never seen one like this. Perfectly restored and currently owned by the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, this 1953 Black Shadow could be yours (for the right price, of course).
The supercharged ex-Reg Dearden Vincent Black Lightning sold for $383,400 at Bonham’s Stafford, England, auction Oct. 19. Some serious coin, to be sure, but well short of pre-sale estimates that predicted the bike selling at closer to $500,000. But even if it didn’t hit estimates, the final price still ranks as an all-time record high for a British bike sold at auction.
The Vincent Owners Club is all set for its 2008 North American Vincent Rally August 24-29 in Idaho Springs, Colo. 2008 holds special significance for the marquee as the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vincent founder Philip Conrad Vincent and the 60th anniversary of the Vincent Black Shadow and Black Lightning. Based on the standard 45hp, 998cc V-twin Rapide, the 55hp Black Shadow and its even more powerful sibling, the 70hp-plus Vincent Black Lightning, were the undisputed kings of their day.