Spot the dif­fer­ence

Old Bike Australasia - - VINCENT SERIES A RAPIDE -

Dan Smith’s re­cre­ation is a mar­vel­lous piece of work which is rid­den reg­u­larly, but it in­cor­po­rates sen­si­ble mods to make it more prac­ti­cal for ev­ery­day use (at least in Cana­dian sum­mers). A com­pletely orig­i­nal Se­ries A Rapide is a rare item in­deed, and eye-wa­ter­ingly ex­pen­sive, but Franc Trento from Eurobrit in Mel­bourne, ac­quired the one shown here from the USA some years back.

Com­par­ing this with Dan Smith’s re­cre­ation it is easy to spot the dif­fer­ences, in­clud­ing the hubs and brakes, mud­guards and stays, seat and the afore­men­tioned oil tank and toolbox. Be­ing in regular use, Dan’s bike also has con­ces­sions such as larger later model twin speedome­ter and tachome­ter plus a clock, the post war dual seat, air fil­ters and the manda­tory lug­gage rack for tour­ing. But es­sen­tially, they’re from the same mould that made its pub­lic de­but at London’s Olympia in November 1936.

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