1949 VINCENT ME­TEOR

Classic Bike (UK) - - EVENT -

An older restora­tion from 1992, this match­ingnum­bers ma­chine is one of the rarer HRD sin­gles. Launched in 1935, the Me­teor was the base model of a four-bike sin­gle-cylin­der range that used in-house Vincent-hrd en­gines for the first time. Fol­low­ing a break in man­u­fac­tur­ing dur­ing the war, Vincent production re­sumed with a new Se­ries B V-twin ap­pear­ing in May 1946. A few years later, in 1949, the Se­ries B sin­gles were launched, with the Me­teor be­ing dis­tin­guished from the sportier Comet by its Bramp­ton forks (rather than the new Gir­draulic units) and smaller car­bu­ret­tor. But, de­spite its sta­tus as the base model, the rar­ity of the Me­teor – it was phased out in 1950 – makes it highly prized by col­lec­tors.

The sin­gle-cylin­der mod­els rep­re­sent a more af­ford­able step into the rar­efied world of Vincent own­er­ship and this Se­ries B model has an es­ti­mate of £16,000-20,000.

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