Series-A Rapide falls just short of world record bid

A 1938 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide, CUP 660, was sold for £267,696 at H&H Classics’ Donington Park Sale on November 15, just £7304 short of the existing world record price bid for such a machine.

The legendary Phil Vincent (seated) and Ray Pett are pictured with 1938 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide CUP 660 which didn’t quite make a world record price at H&H Classics’ Donington Park Sale on November 15.

As a non-runner in need of restoration in 1988, it was purchased by long-term Vincent enthusiast and former Series-A Meteor owner Bill Cakebread by part-exchanging his Black Shadow. Bill totally rebuilt it over the following three years and sold it to Verrall’s of Tooting in 1993.

The dealership then sold it to a customer in Japan, where it remained in a private collection until recently ‘discovered’, and came back to the UK.


At the same Donington sale, a well-restored 1934 Brough Superior Black Alpine with matching numbers, optional factory-fitted sports rear suspension and Castle front forks, and which had the same owner for 50 years, was sold for £131,560.

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