1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C :: Bonhams

By April 10, 2012Motorcycles

The world’s first superbike. According to Bonhams, this Black Shadow is the last off the production line. Up for auction on April 29th. Estimate: US $110,000–160,000

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“This Vincent Black Shadow is the Clint Eastwood of motorcycles: a badass in 1955, still a badass fifty-seven years later.”
– megadeluxe

1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C

Production of Vincent’s much altered Series D range began in 1955, but for the first couple of months the Stevenage firm was still turning out the Series C, approximately 287 of which were manufactured early that year. Dating from February 1955, this matching numbers machine is the final Series C Black Shadow produced (confirmed by the Vincent Owners’ Club) and thus of exceptional significance in the history of the Vincent motorcycle.

Big thanks to Bonhams (Leonora & Julian) for sending these large photos over.

+ Source: 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C :: Bonhams
 
 

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