No Reserve: 35-Years-Owned 1951 Vincent Comet

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This 1951 Vincent Comet has resided in the seller’s private collection since 1984, when it was acquired from Bol d’Or Motorcycles in England and imported to the US. Power is provided by an aluminum 499cc single mated to a 4-speed Burman gearbox, and factory equipment includes a Girdraulic fork, cantilever rear suspension, and twin leading shoe drum brakes. Approximately 1,500 miles have been added by the seller over the past 35 years, during which time maintenance has reportedly included routine oil changes and tune-ups. A new set of ignition points and a new spark plug were installed just prior to the auction, and this Comet is now offered at no reserve with a clear Kansas title in the seller’s name.

No Reserve: 35-Years-Owned 1951 Vincent Comet

Introduced in 1949, the Comet shares a frame configuration similar to Vincent’s C-Series V-twins models by utilizing the engine as a stressed member. Closeups of the black finish on the tank, frame, and suspension components have been provided in the gallery below. A reproduction headlight and a larger Lucas taillight have been installed.

No Reserve: 35-Years-Owned 1951 Vincent Comet

The Comet shares a 4-drum brake system with the Black Shadow and features polished “water excluders” for the front drums. Chrome rims have painted centers and red pinstriping, and an older set of Avon tires are currently fitted. Alloy fenders came standard.

No Reserve: 35-Years-Owned 1951 Vincent Comet

Instrumentation includes a Smiths 120-mph speedometer and ammeter. The odometer shows under 7,300 miles. Traditional Vincent flat handlebars remain installed, along with the Feridax saddle.

No Reserve: 35-Years-Owned 1951 Vincent Comet

The 499cc OHV single was rated for 28 horsepower in factory trim and utilizes an aluminum crankcase and head, as well as an iron-lined aluminum cylinder. Induction is through a single Amal carburetor, and power is routed through a right-foot shift Burman BAP 4-speed gearbox. The crankcase is reported to wear a non-matching serial number.

The seller’s video illustrates a cold start and can be viewed above. Maintenance was personally managed by the seller over the past 35 years and has reportedly been limited to tune-ups and oil changes. A gas tank flush, fresh battery, and new tires are recommended before the bike is ridden any considerable distance.

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