The Vincent is an Australian-delivered 1948 Series B, and has been rebuilt after 30 years in storage. Documentation on the bike can be traced back to its original owner in Adelaide. Some time after that it came to Melbourne, where it was disassembled and remained in pieces for 30 years before being rebuilt in 2003.
As part of the restoration, new brakes were fitted, and both the engine and gearbox were overhauled by Phil Pilgram of Union Jack Motorcycles. The magneto was also rebuilt as part of the restoration, a 12 volt generator was fitted, and a new V3 clutch has also recently been added. The Vincent features an 8 inch Miller headlight, Brampton forks and aluminium guards.
Upon completion of the restoration, this bike won the 'Best Series B' trophy at the Vincent International Rally in Ballarat in 2007. Today, it still presents in outstanding condition, and represents a rare opportunity to pick up one of the 'elite' marques of British motorcycling. Restored Vincent Rapides and Black Shadows have been selling strongly in the US and UK recently, so don't be surprised if this one comfortably meets its $48,000 - $56,000 guiding price.
While not as rare as Vincent, Harley-Davidson is just as iconic, and the early "flathead" models are growing in popularity amongst collectors. Pre-dating the "knucklehead" models, the big 1210cc Model U was the stalwart of the Harley range through the 1920s and 30s and remained in production until 1948, which means the example offered here must be one of the last built.
The lot on offer features an engine and gearbox rebuild by Peter van Stralen and Charlie Palmer, and presents in very good condition. It features the distinctive "springer" front end, leather buddy seat and saddlebags. Chrome, stainless and paint appear to be of a very high standard throughout. To be sold unregistered, the 1948 Harley Model U is expected to sell for between $28,000 and $34,000.
Other motorcycle lots from this auction include a C1935 Norton Model 40 race bike and a recently imported C1960 Vespa 150cc scooter. These and other lots will feature at the Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction, which is set to take place at Shannons' Melbourne auction rooms (321 Warrigal Rd. Cheltenham) on Monday, March 5, with the first lot going across the blocks at 7:00pm.
For further details, go to www.shannons.com.au