Under The Hammer: 1939 Vincent HRD Series Rapide

An Incredible Vincent HRD Rapide For Sale! How Much Did It Sell For?

Updated August 8, 2018

It’s been a busy year for auctioneers, with the 1907 Strap Tank Harley raising eyebrows at Mecum in the States; it’s now the UK’s time to shine with the ‘storage unit find of the decade’: an original 1939 HRD A-Series Vincent Rapide. Set to go under the hammer at the end of April, it could be a record breaker. And if it isn’t, it should be.

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This Amazing Vincent Rapide Is Hitting The Auction Block!

No matter what model is mentioned, as long as it’s a Vincent, it will certainly turn heads. Dubbed as ‘the makers of the world’s fastest motorcycles’ back in their post-war heyday, Vincent is now a marque that has faded into legend and very few of them still exist. This particular offering is a 1939 Series-A twin, the second to last of the pre-WWII models to roll out of the Stevenage factory. According to the Bonhams auction house, only 65 machines of this type are left on the planet, making this sale a rare occurrence indeed.

Vincent Series A Rapide For Sale 2The Vincent’s story began back in 1959, when motorcycle enthusiast Harry Lloyd purchased the bike for £10 and an Amal TT carburetor; after restoring the bike and enjoying for short trips, the chain eventually snapped and the Vincent Rapide was left in storage. It was eventually dismantled in 1968 and relegated to a storage unit in Liverpool.

Vincent Series A Rapide For Sale 3An admin error forced Lloyd to rescue his motorcycle from being scrapped; fortunately, he arrived just in time to set the record straight and prevent his Vincent from being seized and destroyed. After years of being tucked away at home, the Vincent was resurrected in2007 and would spend the next seven years under restoration.

Vincent Series A Rapide For Sale 4The now fully restored Vincent features a new body kit to compliment the black details around the headlight, tires and saddle, as well as an original Vincent HRD Series-A brand and chromatic detailing. It’s a stunning item.

Sadly, Harry Lloyd passed away before seeing his beloved Vincent completed.

Vincent Series A Rapide For Sale 5This rare beauty will go under the hammer on April 26th 2015 at the Bonhams Stafford Sale and is expected to sell for over well over $300,000 – a small price to pay for one of the rarest motorcycling treasures in the world.

Growing up in the UK, everyone knew someone that once bought a Vincent for £10 or £25 or anywhere around that figure. If only half of the old salts that boasted that they had one were telling the truth, maybe we’d all be able to afford a Vincent. Instead, we’ve got to keep on holding on to the urban legend. This story isn’t a legend though; it’s a reality.


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