45 bhp, 460 lbs and 100 mph:


The Vincents were the superbikes of the 40s and 50s. The design was ahead of its time in many senses - engine used as a stressed member of the frame, oil in the frame, unit gearbox and engine construction, cantilever rear end etc. The Rapide was the touring version. It had lower compression (6.8:1) than the 55 bhp Black Shadow. The Series C was manufactured between 1949 and 1954. It was equipped with Girdraulic front forks.

This bike is one of some 125 sold to the Indian Motor Co. of the USA. They were delivered painted "Chinese Red". It has matching numbers and has had a nut and bolt restoration undertaken by JMC Classics. It is original apart from having an electric start, conversion to 12 volt electrics, centre stand and 'Triumph style' sidestand.

1949 Vincent Series C Rapide [998cc V-twin]