1953 Vincent Black Shadow Series C
Ended
Final bid: $102,750
Categories: Motorcycles
Auction type: Reserve Ended
25 bids, 21 comments

Vehicle Details


  • Year: 1953
  • Make: Vincent
  • Model: Black Shadow
  • VIN: F10AB1B9817
  • Mileage: 61mi (TMU)
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Title Status: Clean
  • Color: Black
  • Seller Type: Dealer
  • Location: Westmount, QC H3Y 1B4
  • Dealer Fees: None
  • Lot #: V-0030673

The Vincent Black Shadow debuted in 1948, advertised as the world’s fastest production motorcycle at the time, reaching an impressive top speed of 125 MPH. Produced between 1948 and 1955, less than 1,800 units were reportedly built in total. Each Black Shadow was meticulously handcrafted, most of which were Series C models which gained popularity for their sought-after twin-cylinder 998cc engine. Reported to have undergone a complete nut-and-bolt restoration, this Series C is said to have been purchased from a vintage motorcycle museum in 2018 and has since been kept as part of a private collection in Canada from which it is now being offered for auction.

The Vincent Black Shadow is distinguishable by the black coating on the engine and gearbox, along with its large 150-mph speedometer within Smith’s instrumentation. Gold-painted emblems and silver plaques can be found on each side along with gold pinstripes. Chrome accents complete the headlight bezel, fenders, exhaust outlet, taillight, and central gauge.

Power comes from a 998cc 50-degree V-twin engine, generating up to 45 HP to the rear wheel through a manual transmission. The Black Shadow engines were largely built with carefully selected parts from the Rapide and modified for tighter tolerances, improved airflow, and a 7:3:1 compression ratio. Series C bikes were also fitted with 1-1/8” Amal 289 carburetors, differentiated from the Rapide. For the Series C and later Black Shadows, the Brampton unit was replaced with a Vincent Girdraulic blade-type girder variation which used a hydraulic damper in place of a coil spring. The seller states this Vincent underwent a complete nut-and-bolt restoration, and the upper frame member, RFM, and engine are numbered #RC11717B, #F10AB/1B/9817, and #A44V respectively, as shown on the Vincent-HRD Owners Club Dating Certificate supplied in the gallery.

This sale will include a clean title, owner's manuals, some documentation, and a Vincent-HRD Owners Club Dating Certificate.

Auction Results

  • Highest Bid: $102,750
  • Auction End: 2023-06-16 19:24:20+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 25
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  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Little ExtraMile needed to Square the Circle. We are not that Far from Closing. Few extra notches of Efforts and We’ll have a Winner TODAY. GL.

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $102,750

  • WPBsDrive 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $102,250

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $102,000

  • WPBsDrive 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $101,750

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $101,500

  • WPBsDrive 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $101,250

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $101,000

  • Goxuu 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $100,010

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $99,000

  • Goxuu 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $98,000

  • WPBsDrive 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $97,000

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $95,553

  • Goxuu 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $92,000

  • WPBsDrive 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $90,000

  • Goxuu 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $85,000

  • DavidSnider1963 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $83,000

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $82,000

  • Goxuu 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $79,000

  • DavidSnider1963 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $75,000

  • Goxuu 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $69,000

  • PCARMARKET 3 months, 2 weeksago

    @DavidSnider1963 Your private message to the seller was removed due to a violation of our terms.

  • Gkaloof 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $65,000

  • DavidSnider1963 (registered bidder) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    @AlexBert can I speak to you on the phone?

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Last minute Question: Click Contact Seller.

    For those curious about the Reserve: Spend Some time on this Link ( And Read Between lines )… TYVM

    🎬 3 :

    https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/100k-vincent-motorcycle-is-a-bargain/

  • PCARMARKET 3 months, 2 weeksago

    @DavidSnider1963 @DavidSnider1963 all we ask is that you play by the rules. Price and reserve should not be discussed and for very good reason to all parties involved

  • DavidSnider1963 (registered bidder) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Can you say whether the reserve has been met?

  • PCARMARKET 3 months, 2 weeksago

    @DavidSnider1963 this is not allowed
    Please bid to own the lot. Thank you

  • DavidSnider1963 (registered bidder) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    What’s the reserve?

  • Somer (registered bidder) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    International Vincent Owners Club Rally is in North America this year.

    https://www.voc.uk.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=931962&module_id=460141

  • DavidSnider1963 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $46,000

  • KawZ1 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Absolutely iconic in so many ways. The craftsmanship is amazing and set the benchmark in its day. Best of luck with the auction...

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    GoodEvening everyone:

    🎬 2 : Directly from Horse’s mouth:

    https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/100k-vincent-motorcycle-is-a-bargain/

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    @Somer Restoration was done in California. Bike spent some time in Washington, and then eastern Canada. I can’t provide all the specifics, infos you are looking for. Small world. Information will surface if next custodian wants to complete the puzzle. But documentation that comes with the Bike is REALLY impressive. Including tool kit specific to the bike.

    Here is the extended Long Version of the footage, uncensored, where You see Phil Mahood, CEO of Vincent Club, and buddies, taking a look and appreciating what they see. Minute 8+ ; Click Contact Seller as well if Footage can’t be viewed for legal reason. I will launch it in your email 📧. Have a great day to All:

    https://youtu.be/MK-sdU7M-Fg

  • Petertraphagen80 3 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $45,500

  • Somer (registered bidder) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    @seller ,thanks for reply. Letter still states nothing about the rebuild/restoration. Surely there are some invoices in the stack?
    Who did crank?
    Cams? Pistons? Ignition?
    Typically the club will send you a copy of the works build sheet too. It will show where the bike was dispatched and even who the test rider was!

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    For new to Pcarmarket: Scroll down the comment section, scroll down again / Skip the advertisements, and then scroll down one more time and You’ll have Access to the whole Gallery of pictures… What a Feast!!!

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    @Somer Binder 1 inch thick of Documentation comes with the Bike/ Lot. I did launch 1 letter ( Attached see end of Gallery ).

    Keep note: Original swing arm #11717, found & Acquired in 🇬🇧, After it was Bought at a Bonhams Auction in Chicago.
    Thanks for your Bid.

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    Additional content has been added to the gallery for this listing.

  • DavidSnider1963 3 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $45,000

  • Somer (registered bidder) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    Who did the restoration? Documentation ?

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    @Ratbikerlowrider2000 Both. 2018. Runs like new. Only 61 miles on the odometer after a complete Restoration.

  • Ratbikerlowrider2000 3 months, 3 weeksago

    Is this a riding bike or strictly a show quality motorcycle in your opinion? How long have you had this?

  • AlexBert (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    GoodMorning! Any question, Click Contact Seller. TYVM

    Here is a cool Article from Hagerty: Please Read to learn more…

    https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/100k-vincent-motorcycle-is-a-bargain/

  • M5gal 3 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

1953 Vincent Black Shadow Series C
Final bid: $102,750 Ended
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