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Before starting his own company, Phillip C. Vincent idolized Howard Raymond Davies, who won the 1925 Isle of Man Senior TT on a bike he designed himself and had barely tested. When Davies’ company went bankrupt, Mr. Vincent, then just 19 years old, purchased it and went on to manufacture some of history’s most revered motorcycles. The Black Shadow was the company’s most indelible design and a technical tour de force. Capable of an incredible 125 mph, it eschewed a traditional frame, instead using its engine as a stressed member, along with many other innovations.
This desirable Series C example was completely restored in 2013. The engine and transmission were rebuilt by Mike Parti, a renowned California Vincent expert, with the heads rebuilt by Glenn Bewley, a Vincent authority in Tennessee. The rest of the motorcycle was restored by Wes Stoll and Steve Batesole, both longtime Vincent Owners Club members in California. The bike was then fitted with a series of rideability upgrades common among the Vincent community, including an electronic ignition, multi-disc clutch, alternator, and performance cams. The original engine and upper frame numbers are noted on the accompanying VOC certificate; however, the rear frame number is not. This Vincent was shown in 2014 at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, where it took Second in Class. It has been ridden approximatively 2,000 miles since completion of the 2013 work. With its high-level restoration, Series C specification, and rideability upgrades, this excellent example is an exceptional opportunity for experienced and budding motorcycle collectors alike.