A seriously expensive “project” from Bonhams Auction house.



Here’s a link to an earlier post of one I caught at Daytona a few years back:

A 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince Project broke the world record for a Black Prince sold at auction, securing £91,100, almost four times its estimate

This weekend Bonhams annual Summer Classic Sale saw £2.4 million of automotive classics go under the hammer.

A 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince Project created a bidding frenzy, as two gentlemen on the phone battled for their most coveted item. Both bidders had a personal attachment to the bike; one having owned a Black Knight in his youth but always yearned for the superior Black Prince, the other (the eventual winner) sharing a birth year with the bike, and wanting to gift himself the Prince for his birthday.

The high performance motorcycle project eventually sold for almost four times its estimate at £91,100, becoming the top lot of the motorcycle sale and setting a world record for a Black Prince sold at auction.

Vincent Black Shadow on Top Gear.

With apologies to the billion or so fans of the show I may be the only man on earth who does not like the show Top Gear but they put together some nice video of this Vincent. I sort of wish he’d shut up though.

“VINNYLONGLEGS” to be auctioned! What an awsome Vincent! 721,703 miles and counting.

A special thank you to Katherine Boyle from Bonhams for this one.

Bonhams are to sell a truly unique motorcycle which has spectacularly covered over 1million kilometres at the hands of one careful owner. It will be auctioned at the International Motorcycle Show in Staffordshire on April 24th 2011 and has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £35,000 – £40,000.
Fondly nicknamed Vinnylonglegs, this 1955 Vincent Black Prince is probably one of the most travelled motorcycles in existence, having regularly toured Europe to notch up its staggering 721,703 miles.

Stuart and Vinnylonglegs in 1955 and the pair together in 2010

Northumbrian born Vincent enthusiast Stuart Jenkinson bought his new 998cc Black Prince from St. Andrew’s Motors in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1955. Since then he is the only person who has ever ridden it – with the sole exception, presumably, of the original works tester. Of the three Vincents he has owned it is undoubtedly his favourite.

For 25 years Stuart used Vinnylonglegs for riding to work and long distance touring holidays. In 1980 it became the lead motorcycle in his new business running guided motorcycle tours in Europe. The machine has been rebuilt three times and progressively developed to cope with challenging European tours through countries including Germany, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Czechoslovakia, Montenegro, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Hungary and Greece. There have been more than 40 Greece tours of over 3,000 miles each, since 1962. On continental roads the machine has the ability to cruise all day at 100mph with a top speed in excess of 120mph.
Stuart comments, “As any long term owner of a bike or car will understand, selling Vinnylonglegs after 56 years and almost three quarters of a million miles is going to be a serious wrench. I’ll just have to make do now with the memories of all our wonderful trips.”
Modifications have included a re-designed front fairing, incorporating twin headlamps, and replacing the original upper frame with a stiffer box section Series C frame, while a four gallon Series C fuel tank now caters for the longer distance tour. Electrical equipment has been modified to provide greater safety and reliability, while disc brakes and Koni dampers provide both safety and riding comfort. The pannier frames carry two five gallon boxes while the shelf above normally carries a large army kit bag with full camping gear.
Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, comments, “Bonhams has a reputation for selling Vincent motorcycles, but this really is a remarkable example. Possibly the most well travelled Vincent ever made, I hope the new owner takes it over the 750,000 mile mark.”

Top Five All Time Favorite Production Bikes Number Four. Vincent Black Lightning and Black Shadow.

The Vincent Black Lightning and Black Shadow. Jesus.  Talk about ahead of it’s time.  I considered the Royal Enfeld Interceptor here but much as I love that bike the Vincents are just all that and more for me.  They speak for themselves really.  Not much else to say.

And before you start beating me over the head I know they are not the same bikes and I do know the history.  But in my eye they’re close enough so sue me.