Vincent Rapide 1950

The Worlds Fastest Motorcycle

Vincent Motorcycles was a British manufacturer of motorcycles from 1928 to 1955. The business was established by Philip Vincent who bought an existing manufacturing name HRD, initially renaming it as Vincent HRD.

HRD was founded by the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilot, Howard Raymond Davies, who was shot down and captured by the Germans in 1917. Legend has it that it was while a prisoner of war that he conceived the idea of building his own motorcycle.

After World War 2 Britain had an export drive to repay its war debts, and the USA was the largest market for motorcycles, so from 1950 the HRD was dropped from the name to avoid any confusion with the "HD" of Harley Davidson, and the motorcycle became the Vincent.

Our Vincent Rapide was built in 1950 and was then rebuilt in the late nineties by a talented Vincent Owners Club member.

We eventually acquired it from Conway Motors (one of the most prominent Vincent specialists in the country) after months of searching. Like all Vincents, she’s an amazing feat of engineering and a fine example of the Series C model.

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