- Increasingly desirable Vincent 500 single
- Older restoration still in great condition
- Verified matching numbers ‘C’ model bike
- Very low miles since refurbishment
- Rides well
Introduced in 1948, the desirable model C Comet is considered the ultimate Vincent 500 single and had quite a bit in common with the renowned higher performance Black Shadow twin-cylinder machine.
Back in the day, the Comet was noted for it’s superb roadholding, steering and brakes, and was arguably the best 500cc single ever produced by a British motorcycle company.
This fine example has been cosmetically restored and mechanically rebuilt to a high standard over a number of years following it’s return to blighty.
The Purposeful stance of ‘The Vincent’ is set off by the shining black paintwork and original specification fittings. The originality, condition and low mileage make this bike a great show-piece and rideable choice.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
- Imported around 2002
- First registered in the U.K. on the 1st September 2010
- V5 present (in previous owner’s name)
- Dating Certificate from The Vincent - HRD Owners Club in 2010
- DVLA Number plate Authorisation Certificate in 2010
- Non-transferrable registration
- Numerous parts invoices from The VOC Spares Company Ltd
- Flywheel and crank rebore invoice from Alpha Bearings Ltd, 2002
- Invoice for fuel tank restoration from Lewis Templeton, Coventry
- 12-volt conversion notes/invoice
- Four ‘Pass’ MOT’s from 2010-2014 (exempt)
- Taxed until 1st July 2023 (exempt
This fantastic matching numbers Comet doesn’t come with any early history but is likely (but not confirmed), to have been imported from the U.S. in 2002 and then restored by the first U.K. owner.
Mechanical parts, purchased from The VOC Spares Company Ltd, Cheshire, suggest a mechanical overhaul was undertaken along with the replacement of some ancillary and cosmetic components from 2002-2006.
The second owner also appears to have undertaken a degree of mechanical work with a further thirteen invoices from The VOC in evidence from 2007-2011 (see photos).
- Excellent glossy paintwork
- Backbone frame in great shape
- Excellent Smiths speedometer and reasonable Lucas Ammeter
- Good grips and levers
- Restored and repainted fuel tank in 2010
- Decent chrome and polished aluminium components
- Lucas halogen headlight and ‘stop’ rear light
- Comfortable twin saddle
- Shiny alloy mudguards with two-piece rear
- Excellent chrome wheels
- Avon Speedmaster tyres with good tread levels
- Refreshed 499 cc OHV Single
- Factory spec. of 28 bhp @ 5,800 rpm with a compression of 7.3:1
- Burman BAP Four-speed gearbox
- Amal carburettor
- Lucas magneto
- 12-volt conversion in 2007
- New 12-volt battery in 2015
- Gasket set in 2009
- Clutch plate replaced in 2010
- Sprung cantilever rear suspension with hydraulic damping
- Believed to be standard brakes
- Centre and two side stands
Deemed reliable and easy to maintain, there are no known faults on this Comet, and with a good check over and service should be ready to ride.
Steadily rising in value, the Vincent Comet (and indeed Vincent badge!) is increasingly becoming a popular British bike to own and enjoy.
This 500 cc single has clearly been fastidiously restored and well maintained, and having covered so few miles, should be a wise investment.