Introduced in 1949 and only available in Series C form, the Vincent Comet and Meteor was to the single cylinder motorcycle range, what the Black Shadow and Rapide were to the twins. Conceived as a high speed sporting single, the Comet was built to represent the ultimate stage in the development of the production 500cc motorcycle. Vincent were renowned for their exacting standards and offered many of the same features and refinements from their twin cylinder models on their more affordable single cylinder range. The new models power unit was clearly derived from the twin cylinder models with the rear cylinder being replaced by a frame tie that also supported the four speed Burman gearbox. In most other respects the Comet followed the twin cylinder models, although the brake drums were plain and the Girdraulic spring boxes had only the outer springs. When tested in 1949, the series C Comet was praised for both its excellent handling and braking (thanks to powerful drum brakes), as well as a highly reputable 88mph top speed. The combination proved successful and the Comet was seen as a more refined machine its rivals, the BSA and Velocette, placing it at the forefront of its class.
This example is described as having undergone a "no expense spared restoration to the highest standard" with the work being completed in 2005. The engine and gearbox have been rebuilt by well known marque specialists Maughan and Sons and are described as being in excellent condition. The high standard of mechanical preparation is reflected by the excellent quality of the paintwork, electrics and brightwork. Following the restoration it was purchased by its current owner, a private collector, who has accommodated the machine in a carefully controlled environment.
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