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1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow 998cc

Lot Number: 550

1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow 998cc

Vincent's iconic Black Shadow, the fastest vehicle on British roads in the early 1950s.

  • Sold for: £29,833

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Sunday 30th July, 2023 at 11.00am BST at Shuttleworth, Old Warden Park, Beds, SG18 9EP

  • Registration Number

    OPG 656


Vincent's iconic Black Shadow, the fastest vehicle on British roads in the early 1950s.


  • During the early 1950s, Vincent were at the top of their game, and the Series C Black Shadow represented the pinnacle of British motorcycling
  • Capable of 120mph, it was easily the fastest vehicle on the roads in post-war Britain
  • Still an icon today and sought after by enthusiasts and collectors alike
  • This older restoration example is described by our vendor as 'in good running order and probably more of a user than a show bike'
  • Numbers confirmed by the VOC as dispatched in July 1950 to dealers, Millars in Mitcham, Surrey
  • Correct main frame and engine numbers but rear frame number not visible
  • Fitted with a Vincent Lightning exhaust system
  • UK-registered from new and still retains its original registration number
  • Supplied with its current V5C and some associated paperwork


Lot Number
Registration Number
OPG 656
Frame Number
RC 6209 B
MOT Expiry
Engine Number
F10 AB 1B 4309



For further information regarding this lot please contact Mark.





Please note that, due to restrictions, we need to be clear of the venue by 2pm on Monday 31st July.

Motorcycles are available to collect after the auction until 6pm, and then from 10am until 2pm on Monday 31st July from: The Discovery Hub, The Shuttleworth Collection, Alder Drive, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP (please use the gate off Hill Lane).

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