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This 1950 Vincent Rapide is an early Series C example powered by a 998cc V-twin, which shares its case with a 4-speed gearbox. According to the seller, the bike was manufactured between March and September 1949 and sold new in Canada in October 1950. It remained with a single owner from 1965 until 2002 and was reportedly refurbished during that period by noted marque specialist Michael White. The previous owner purchased the bike in 2002 and kept it on display in his home until the seller’s acquisition in 2014. 2,500 miles have since been added, and the seller had a new pair of Amal Concentric carburetors installed along with a multi-plate clutch kit and an Alton 12-volt generator conversion. The magneto and Black Shadow speedometer have also been rebuilt within the last few years. This Rapide is now offered with spares, a rider’s manual, tools, a Vincent Owners Club motorcycle cover, and a clear Florida title listing the model year as 1953.
The black finish and gold striping were reapplied at some point prior to the seller’s acquisition. Traditional Vincent flat handlebars remain installed, along with a Feridax saddle. A Dave Hills center stand has been added, and the seller indicates that some of the hardware has been replaced with chrome or stainless steel. The tab for securing the tire pump on the bottom of the fuel tank is broken.
Chrome wire wheels feature painted and pinstriped centers, and come wrapped in a set of Avon tires. Aluminum fenders came fitted from the factory on the Rapide, and braking is managed by 7″ SLS front and rear drums. The rear brake drums are mismatched, and a chip is present in one of the ribs. Closeups of the matching stampings (RC6898) on the upper and rear frame members have been provided in the gallery below.
A walk-around video is attached above.
A 5” Shadow clock and aftermarket ammeter replace the original items. 8,400 miles are shown on the odometer, approximately 2,500 of which were added by the seller. Total mileage is unknown.
The 998cc OHV V-twin has been fitted with twin plug heads, though only one ignition system is currently wired. An “elephant trunk” crankcase breather has been added, though a factory ATD cover accompanies the sale. A replacement silencer from the Vincent Spares Company is tied into a set of factory headers. The electrical system has been converted to 12 volt with an Alton generator, and a modern Exide battery is mounted below a period-look cover. A closeup of the engine case stamping (F10AB/1/4998) is provided in the gallery below. Motul V-twin synthetic oil has been used exclusively during the seller’s five years of ownership.
A cold-start video is attached above, and the bike can be seen idling and revving below.
An assortment of spares come with the bike, including a tank cover, new tire pump, Amal Monobloc carburetors, inspection cover wrench, removed Vincent clutch, and timing tools. A copy of Know Thy Beast by E.M.G. Stevens and a rider’s manual also accompany the sale. A video of the included spares is viewable below.