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THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2016


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‘Holy Grail’ motorcycle set to smash auction record


Philip Vincent (seated): With Ray Pett


A LONG-LOST Vincent


motorbike, recently discovered among a job-lot collection in Japan, is coming home to make possible motorcycle history says Mark Bryan, Head of Motorcycles at H&H Classics. The sale on November 16 could


well be a red-letter day for all of those who love classic British bikes. The current record for a Vincent is £201,000, sold in 2008. This bike could leave that price at the starting grid. This bike was once owned by racing driver, car builder and TV presenter - the legendary Alain de Cadenet. Mark Bryan says: “The Series-A Rapide is seen as gold dust. Vincent


was a small manufacturer in competition with Brough, but Vincent, unlike Brough, built their own engines. These bikes are incredibly collectable and in value they are closing in on the Brough. The strength of the vintage motorcycle market has been growing year-on-year, and does not seem to have been hindered by the current economic slowdown.” Bryan believes the future will see more record-breaking prices posted. Only 78 of these bikes were


produced between 1936 and the summer of 1939, and it is estimated of these just 50 survive today. Nicknamed the ‘plumbers nightmare’, because of all of its external oil pipes, the Series-A Rapide produced 45bhp at 5,500 rpm from a 998cc V-twin. It hit top speeds of 110mph, making it one of the fastest bikes of its generation. When the Series ‘A’ HRD was


announced to the press in October 1936, it caused a sensation by being the fastest production vehicle available for sale to the public at the time. The decision to fit two of the well proven HRD Meteor cylinders onto a common crankcase was an


inspiration which formed the basis for the renowned series of ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ Vincent twins that followed and remained in production until 1955. All of these models are highly sought after, of course, but none are as rare as the Series ’A’ twins, the last of which were made in 1939. The particular example on offer


with H&H Classics is an amazingly rare and original survivor having been carefully stored in recent years. Not only do the frame and engine numbers match but even the gearbox, oil pump and magneto numbers still conform to those on the original Works Order Sheet, as does the colour of the tank. Details of the motorcycle are


known to the Vincent HRD Owner’s Club and it is unique amongst Series ‘A’ twins as being the only example that was photographed with Phil Vincent aboard! This appeared in an article in ‘The Motorcycle’ in September 1940 which was reprinted in the VOC magazine ‘MPH’ issue 193 in February 1965. By 1988, the bike was discovered


with Brian Verrall of Tooting as a non-runner in need of restoration. It


HRD Series A Rapide 1938 Reg - CUP 660: Built in 1938 by Ted Hampshire


was purchased by long term Vincent enthusiast and former Series ‘A’ Meteor owner Bill Cakebread by part exchanging his Black Shadow. It was then totally rebuilt by Bill over the next few years and sold back to Verralls in 1993. This famous dealership then sold it to a customer in Japan where it has remained in a private collection until discovered by the present owner and recently returned to the UK. The registration number CUP 660 was briefly and incorrectly allocated


to another replica machine but, thanks to records held by a previous owner and support from the DVLA, the number has now been restored to its rightful place. This is all verified by the documentation file which accompanies the machine. This represents a unique


opportunity to acquire a most original and genuine ‘Superbike’ from the pre-war era that can still provide an exhilarating ride or grace any serious collector’s stable.


2016 (66) 500 1.2 LOUNGE 2016 (66) 500 TWINAIR POP STAR


2014 (64) 500 CONVERTIBLE TWINAIR LOUNGE 2014 (14) 500 TWINAIR S 2013 (63) 500 TWINAIR S


2013 (63) 500 1.2 COLOUR THERAPY 2013 (13) 500 1.2 LOUNGE 2012 (62) 500 1.2 LOUNGE 2012 (12) 500 TWINAIR PLUS 2011 (61) 500 1.2 LOUNGE 2011 (60) 500 1.2 SPORT


2010 (60) 500 1.3 M-JET 95 LOUNGE


2016 (16) PANDA 1.3 M-JET 95 4X4 2015 (65) NEW PANDA 1.2 POP 2014 (64) NEW PANDA 1.2 EASY 2014 (14) NEW PANDA 1.2 POP


2013 (63) NEW PANDA 1.3 M-JET TREKKING 2013 (13) NEW PANDA TWINAIR LOUNGE 2013 (13) NEW PANDA 1.2 EASY 2010 (60) PANDA 1.2 DYNAMIC ECO 2010 (59) PANDA 1.3 M-JET DYNAMIC 2008 (58) PANDA 1.2 ELEGANZA AUTO


2015 (65) PUNTO 1.4 EASY 5 DOOR 2014 (14) PUNTO 1.4 GBT 3 DOOR 2014 (63) PUNTO 1.2 EASY 5 DOOR 2013 (63) PUNTO 1.4 GBT 3 DOOR 2013 (62) PUNTO 1.4 GBT 5 DOOR 2012 (62) PUNTO TWINAIR SPORT 2010 (60) PUNTO 1.4 EVO ACTIVE 2009 (59) GRANDE 1.4 ACTIVE 3 DOOR


WHITE


MT GREY MINT BLUE


WHITE RED


CHOICE RED


BLUE RED


PEARL WHITE


2016 (16) 500 X 1.6 M-JET 120 POP STAR 2014 (64) 500 L M-JET POP STAR


2013 (63) 500 L 1.3 M-JET POP STAR AUTO


2009 (09) BRAVO 1.6 M-JET DYNAMIC DUALOGIC 2009 (09) BRAVO 2.0 M-JET 165 SPORT 2007 (07) BRAVO 1.9 M-JET ACTIVE


2016 (66) MUSSO 2.2 EX AUTO DOUBLE CAB


WHITE 2016 (66) TURISMO 2.2 EX AUTO 2016 (66) REXTON W 2.2 ELX AUTO


2016 (66) TIVOLI XLV ESTATE ELX


RED 2014 (64) KORANDO 2.0 DDTI ELX 4X4 WHITE 2014 (64) KORANDO 2.0 DDTI SE 4 WHITE 2013 (13) KORANDO 2.0 DTI EX 4WD MT RED 2007 (07) REXTON RX270 S MT BLUE 2004 (04) REXTON 2.9 RX290SE7 WHITE BLUE


SILVER 2016 (16) TIVOLI 1.6 SE WHITE 2014 (64) VAUXHALL MOKKA SE CDTI


SILVER 2014 (14) SKODA SUPERB GREENLINE 1.6 TDI CR SE 2014 (14) DACIA DUSTER AMBIANCE DCI 4X2


MT GREY 2014 (63) PEUGEOT BIPPER TEPEE OUTDOOR HDI 2012 (62) BMW 123D SPORT PLUS CONVERTIBLE


SILVER


MT BLUE 2011 (11) AUDI A5 S-LINE QUATTRO CONVERTIBLE SILVER 2011 (11) VW GOLF 1.6 TDI S 5 DOOR MT GREEN 2011 (11) VW POLO 1.4 SE AUTO 5 DOOR


WHITE 2011 (61) CITROEN C3 VTR 1.6 HDI


WHITE 2011 (11) RENAULT MODUS DYNAMIQUE 1.6 VVT AUTO MT BLUE 2011 (11) FIESTA ZETEC 1.4 TDCI 3 DOOR


2011 (61) PEUGEOT 107 URBAN 5 DOOR 2010 (10) PEUGEOT 207 SPORT 1.4 5 DOOR


2012 (12) SEAT IBIZA FR TSI 5 DOOR


MT GREY MT GREY


RED 2006 (06) MERCEDES C220 CDI SPORT 2.2 DTI AUTO


2009 (59) ALFA ROMEO MITO 1.4 16V LUSSO 2009 (58) FORD KA ZETEC CLIMATE


MT BLUE 2015 (65) MITSUBISHI ASX 3 DI-D


MAZERATI BLUE 2013 (63) CHEVROLET TRAX LT VCDI MT GREY 2013 (63) NISSAN MICRA ACENTA 1.2 5 DOOR


MT BURGANDY 2011 (11) MAZDA 6 ESTATE 2.2 TDI WHITE/BLACK 2010 (10) TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER VVT-4 MT BLUE 2006 (06) CHRYSLER VOYAGER LX TD AUTO MT COPPER 2004 (54) HONDA CIVIC VTEC EXECUTIVE AUTO


SILVER 2012 (61) HYUNDAI 130 COMFORT 1.4 5 DOOR MT GREY 2011 (11) TOYOTA YARIS T SPIRIT 1.4 VVTI AUTO MT BLUE 2006 (56) TOYOTA COROLLA VERSO T3 D-4D MT BLUE 2006 (06) NISSAN MURANO 3.5 CVT MT GREY 2003 (53) NISSAN TERRANO 2.7 TD XTREME


2013 (13) HYUNDAI I10 ACTIVE 5 DOOR 2012 (12) KIA PICANTO 3 5 DOOR 2012 (12) TOYOTA IQ VVT-I


SILVER 2016 (66) DUCATO 2.3 M-JET MWB HR BUSINESS MT GREY 2015 (15) DUCATO 2.3 130 SWB


SILVER 2014 (64) FORD TRANSIT 350 LWB HR 2.2 TDCI SILVER 2013 (63) DOBLO CARGO MAXI 1.6 M-JET TECNICO


MT GREEN 2013 (62) PUNTO 1.3 M-JET ACTIVE BLACK 2012 (62) SCUDO 90 M-JET COMFORT


MT BLUE MT NAVY


WHITE 2011 (61) DUCATO 30 2.3 M-JET SWB SILVER


WHITE BLACK


2008 (58) SCUDO 2.0 M-JET COMFORT BLUE 2007 (57) DUCATO 2.3 M-JET LWB HR


MT RED 2007 (57) SCUDO 1.6 COMFORT SWB RED 2002 -52 TRANSIT 2.0 DTI SWB


2013 (63) DOBLO CARGO 1.3 M-JET


BARLEY WHITE SILVER BLACK


MT GREY WHITE


MT BLUE SILVER


LIME GREEN WHITE WHITE


MT BLUE SILVER BLACK BLUE NAVY


COPPER MT BLUE BLACK


WHITE WHITE WHITE SILVER WHITE WHITE WHITE


MT BLUE CHOICE CHOICE BLUE


WHITE


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