1950 Vincent Vincent Rapide
Vincent Rapide. Not matching numbers. Fully restored. I have a few of these and as this one was not a matching numbers bike I decided to restore it and chrome all the polished aluminum and many other parts This was something I always wanted to do and it looks fantastic. An extremely expensive and time consuming undertaking I assure you. It was restored with no regard to cost and it stays shiny and polished merely with a wipe now and then. The paint has 4 base coats and 8 clear coat layers and is the best I’ve ever seen. The chrome was triple plated and redone a few times to get to this level. It is almost impossible to keep a vincent always this bright as the aluminum tarnishes whatever you do.Even when you polish,you can’t get into the crevices properly and none of us do unless it’s for a concourse at huge expense in labor. The motor has been fully done 5 years ago before my decision to restore it. I have put around 50 miles on it. Everything else on the bike was either restored or replaced where necessary. I have not run it or even put oil in since assembly 2 years ago and it just sits in my office as an artifact. I have over 300 photos and video of the step by step tear down and reassembly. If this is something that appeals to you and you’re not a pedantic purist ,it is the best you can get. It obviously needs some final fettling before you put it on the road. (Carb setting,fluids,etc). After that a few miles in order to set up suspension, steering, brakes and Re-torque all bolts and nuts. I doubt you could buy one and restore to this level for the money.
I try describe things as honestly and transparently as I would like others to do when I’m looking to buy.However,I am not an expert on all aspects of every motorcycle or car and things do slip through the cracks sometimes especially when I rely on previous owner descriptions. Please understand that descriptions,viewpoints and opinions vary between people. Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation.If you’re an aficionado,collector or plain crazy for wheels please feel free to look at my other items for sale or contact me for a full list.There are a lot of bikes and cars. It might be great for you as I’m going through my..…………. “hate myself for accumulating so much and not using” phase. I’m sure you understand the different phases we go through if you have the same sickness! I’m looking for people in the “ accumulation phase” :):)
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