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Vincent Black Prince

Vincent Black Prince

of the fully-faired Series D V-twins are seen for sale. One of the high-performance, top of the Black Prince models under the hammer this

Philip Vincent aimed His motorcycle would be ‘a Bentley Continental in which the of the rider rated as highly as any of sheer performance.’ That led to a range of remarkable machines even if utterly unattainable to the classic bike enthusiast, intriguing to this day.

built his first bike in funded by his father. He scooped up the HRD and used that to sell his but intimidating expensive and unusual when Howard R Davies’ concern failed. The well-respected name was intended to ‘overcome natural reluctance to buy an untried new

Vincent Black Prince

with engineer Phil Vincent launched a range of V-twins which became for their engineering excellence and high performance. The initial A big twin, built from was genuinely capable of sustaining and would peak at close to

After the war came a proliferation of which developed Vincent’s the Rapide which could 100mph at just 3500rpm; the Black Shadow with a power boost to 55bhp justly claimed to be the world’s production motorcycle with a potential. The Series C machines launched in 1949 complete Girdraulic forks and a smaller, 500cc sibling, the Comet .

the Vincent business was under-funded its lifespan, and profit from did not provide significant capital for or expansion. A new range of Series D was launched at the end of 1954 but they the company’s last hurrah. One of the the 500cc Victor, didn’t get into production.

Vincent building motorcycles altogether thereafter.

Vincent Black Prince

It had Philip Vincent’s belief provision of ample weather combined with enclosure of and gearbox, would make the Series-D the ultimate ‘gentleman’s However, delayed delivery of the panels — plus demand for traditionally-styled models resulted in over half the leaving the Stevenage factory in form.

The enclosed versions of the and Black Shadow were as the Black Knight and Black In contemporary road tests the models were found to just as well as their counterparts, despite initial from the riders, and provided fuel economy thanks in to the streamlined profile.

1955 Black Prince

Other innovations included a new frame and rear suspension; a steel replaced the original fabricated member/oil tank while the spring boxes gave way to a hydraulic coil-spring/damper unit a generous seven inches of travel. The magneto was dropped in of coil ignition, while the system was uprated to include a dynamo with components Lucas instead of Miller.

In place of the integral oil reservoir was a separate tank beneath the The user-friendly hand-operated centrestand was a addition, and there were improvements to the 998cc V-twin including Amal Monobloc which helped both and fuel economy.

1955 Black Prince — view of the bodywork

The biggest was external, however, and the new Vincents a full front mudguard and enclosure which hinged to facilitate rear wheel

Legshields with integral bars formed part of the these were carefully to maximise air-flow to the engine you’d be a brave rider to their efficiency in modern traffic. The half-fairing and screen a smaller three-inch Smiths’ the magnificent 150mph five-inch was gone for good.

Although Philip Vincent that the Series-D was his finest the motorcycle-buying public greeted the new models with suspicion. The of the Vincent, and the Black Shadow in lay in its ability to out-perform just every other vehicle on the and in the early post-war years was nothing to compare with it.

Its vision of the Series-D as a luxury machine just did not conform to the perception of the Vincent as the ultimate motorcycle.

Vincent Black Prince

The firm lost on every machine made, and production ceased in December just 460 Series-D V-twins had built, some 200 of which enclosed models.

This means that although about the Black Knight and were mixed when were launched — not by poor quality panelling on the bikes — their have risen steadily in the century since their Clean examples of whole now sell for around Ј35,000 to ($65,000 in the USA).

Vincent bits on eBay Now.

However, if you are brave and taking on the challenge of a lifetime, a much more affordable Prince will be sold at at the Stafford Show in April at the Bonhams auction. This was supplied new via Conway Motors, registered on 1st November 1955 and by its late owner in January

1955 Vincent Black Project

The machine was last for the road in 1957. It was dismantled while ago and is offered for restoration in condition, the front enclosure, system and speedometer being the parts obviously missing. It however come with its logbook and current V5C. it boasts twin-plug cylinder and a fuel tank that has increased in capacity. It’s — as you can see — an unusual

Vincent Blue Prince,

The Blue Prince is expected to for between Ј6000 and Ј10,000, and provide many years of for an enthusiast to return to working It wouldn’t be easy, but it might be the investment to experience owning was once described as ‘the and probably best of all Vincents.’

catalogues available from

The Vincent Owners’ Club a wealth of information, including factory drawings, and support:

The VOC also run a separate Spares with over 1500 in stock:

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