1948 Vincent Rapide

Rare ride on Ray’s 1948 Vincent Rapide

It is a rare delight to ride a classic motorcycle, so there was no hesitation when Ray Schriever offered me a ride on his prized 1948 Vincent Rapide. Ray, 69, is a retired aviation engineer who marvels at the British bike’s clever engineering, much of it courtesy of Australian engineer Phil Irving. “We became friends …

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1949 Indian-Vincent Factory Prototype

Rare hybrid Indian Vincent for auction

Long before amateur custom bike builders fused Triumph engines into Norton featherbed frames to make the Triton in the 1960s and ’70s, Vincent and Indian collaborated on a couple of hybrid prototypes that were stillborn projects. In 1948, the manager of Indian Motorcycles, Ralph Rogers, and the director of Vincent HRD, Philip Vincent, agreed on a …

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Vincent rapide

Vincent Rapide sells for near-record

A long lost Vincent 1938 HRD Series A Rapide found among a collection in Japan has been sold at a H&H auction to a British buyer bidding on the phone for £ (about $A444,500). The amount is just short of the £275,000 (about $A456,800) world record for a Vincent sold in 2008. H&H Classics spokesman Mark Bryan says …

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Vincent rapide

Long lost Vincent Rapide may set record

A long lost Vincent 1938 HRD Series A Rapide found among a collection in Japan is expected to break the world record for a Vincent sold at auction. The current record for a Vincent is £201,000 ($A340,000), sold in 2008. H&H Classics spokesman Mark Bryan says this bike was once owned by legendary racing driver, …

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Rare race motorcycles at auction

Racing royalty is up for sale next month in possible one of the most prestigious motorcycle auctions in years. The Bonhams auction on January 9 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas includes one of the best collections of historic Ducatis in the world and a big collection of rare Harleys including the earliest …

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