Out of the bikes going on auction, one of the rarer variety to come on the auction block, is the Vincent Black brand of motorcycles. A few years back, we had shown you the one-off Vincent Black Lightening motorcycle which incidentally was one of the most expensive ever sold at an auction event. This time round, a rare 1952 Vincent Black Shadow changed at an Bonham's auction for $134,800. At a time when most cars were yet to cross the 70 mph speed barrier, this motorcycle was one of the rare performers that was already hovering around that limit, thus challenging the trends with Philip's Vincent's innovations, which put performance and appearance on the same platform of high standards. After all, not many 998-cc motorcycles were doing the rounds after all.
Even during the earliest days when perhaps Harley was the only other big name in the high-end biking world, the Vincent Black series maintained it's position in the more expensive varieties because it's costs would be double compared most other competition in the market. But the final performance on road and the looks, would put aside all barriers and gather admirers to see a Vincent Black in action, including this 1952 Shadow model.
This particular bike with Engine number F10AB/1B/8681 and Frame number RC10581BC, was bought in the year 1952 itself by Jack Ponder, who passed it to Michael Glosser of Washington. During the the 1980s, when Glosser got hold of the bike, he did a thorough refurbishment and restoration of the vehicle. The new owner would have even got the bills from that time to show proof of the same, including work done by specialists Maughan & Sons. The bike was then passed to the latest vendor who the Vincent Black Shadow up for auction.
The Bonham's International Classic Motorcycle Show, did have some other rare 2-wheelers go under the hammer. Amongst them was the Steve McQueen 1914 Model F bike, which we had spoken about earlier this year. The winning bid for this bike turned to be $50,072 (£32,200). It was one of the earliest motorcycles in the world, which was created keeping competitive racing in mind, and hence broke the 100mph speed barrier the earliest. It was known to have been in the collection of Steve McQueen, an iconic star on both the racetrack and silver screen.