The Vincent Rapide Series A is released in October 1936. This powerful model is equipped with a 998 cc V-twin engine. With its top speed at 180 Km / h, it is faster than the Brough SS100.
Efficiency is more important than aesthetics : the Rapide Series A is nicknamed Plumbers Nightmare due to an exceedingly visible oil piping. Too far ahead of its time, its settings are uneasy and the production is stopped in 1939 after the 78th unit.
A Rapide Series A made in 1938 is estimated £ 200K for sale by H and H at Donington Park on November 15, lot 64. A specialized magazine published in September 1940 shows Phil Vincent aboard this motorcycle. It is the only known photo showing the boss on that model.
This bike had been discovered in 1988. It was not in working condition but had retained its original equipment. It has been carefully restored by an enthusiast of the brand. It is now a highly authentic witness of this short lived Rapide Series A that had the merit of paving the way for the great post war success of the Rapide Series B and C.
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SOLD for £ 234K before fees