1949 VINCENT METEOR
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.