Rare 1955 Vincent Black Knight Bodywork Goes To Auction
Back in the 1950s, most road-legal motorcycles lacked wind protection. Unless you were racing, fairings weren’t widely adopted by the industry. However, Vincent owner Phil Vincent felt it was time for a change when he conceived the Black Knight and Black Prince. The former was a fully-faired variant of the brand’s Rapide model while the latter clad the Vincent Shadow in aerodynamic bodywork as well.
Phil Vincent believed that the Knight and Prince's stately appearances qualified them as a “gentleman’s motorcycle”. They went into production in 1954, but Vincent was only able to manufacture 200 examples before going into administration (bankruptcy) in 1955.
Due to the low production numbers and even lower demand, the Black Knight and Black Prince never achieved mass adoption. Despite the fact that the Black Prince handled as well as the Black Shadow and returned better fuel consumption, there weren’t enough gentlemen lining up for Vincent’s elevated motorcycle.
The enclosed rear, large side panels, leg fairings, and large windshield were a vast departure from motorcycles of the day. Many see the rare Vincents as motorcycles ahead …
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