When this particular example of brilliant Vincent Black Prince motorcycle was last seen in public in 2014, it was completely dismantled. The pieces were packed in a box and it was sold for £91,100 in a Bonhams action. Under the magic hands of BTCC Race Engineer Mick Cook, the bike is restored and back its “two-wheeled Bentley” status as envisioned by its original creator Phil Vincent.
The founder started building motorcycles since his 20s. Perhaps the most well known model he created would be the Black Shadow, as a modified one was used for running 150 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1948 by Rollie Free. Yet after the Black Shadow, Vincent wanted to develop something with a brand new aerodynamic body kit. The Black Prince was born in 1954 and it was powered by the existing 998cc V twin engine and suspension. Sadly the company folded in December 1955 and only around 132 of this motorbike were produced. Now the London based classic car seller Graeme Hunt has one on offer and it’s a rare chance that the bike is so carefully restored to an almost “factory-fresh” condition.