For many, the litre capacity vee twins produced in Stevenage under the Vincent banner are right at the top of the classic British motorcycling ladder.
Being originally marketed as ‘the world’s fastest motorcycle’ certainly doesn’t do the reputation of Rapides any harm, nor does the fact that they have an ability to better 120mph and easily cruise at motorway speeds in modern traffic, regardless of the fact that even the last models off the production line are now at least 68 years old.
When it comes to buying a Vinnie, those with many original parts and matching numbers will always fetch a premium – and look, here’s one now! Following many years of storage, KXF352 was purchased by the vendor with the intention of conducting a thorough nut and bolt restoration.
A lifestyle change of direction has resulted in his decision to part with the machine, thus allowing a new owner the opportunity to restore this iconic machine to its former glory.
Whilst KXF352 is not DVLA registered, the machine comes with its original buff log book, as issued in 1951.
The Rapide, and other vehicles, will go under the hammer on March 23 with Mathewsons at the Thornton Le Dale auction rooms, on the edge of the North York moors, which are open seven days a week for pre-sale viewing, although a quick phone call (01751 474455) prior to travelling is advised.
Mathewsons collect about 90% of their auction vehicles themselves, free of charge, and have an auction, on average, once a month. More details can be found at www.mathewsons.co.uk
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