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Last Series ‘B’ Rapide Number


Vincent Dirk

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Good Evening,

perhaps this is a question to the registrar. What was the number of
the last Rapide B produced? I wonder if my bike Frame number R3782 Engine
1882 was one of the last produced.

Best regards

Dirk
 

vin998

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Dirk
Rather than give serial numbers, I will give dates.
Your bike Dirk was made in April 1949.
The last series B Rapide was shipped from the factory in May 1950 over a year after your bike.
Simon
 

vin998

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Yes
The first series C Rapide was shipped from the Vincent factory in December 1948 and the last series B Rapide in May 1950 so there was an 18 month overlap where series B & C were been made at the same time.
 

Albervin

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Interesting stuff. While I have a Series C with an "HRD" engine are there any Series Bs with Vincent engines? Just curious. Also, I suspect that the date a bike/engine is completed may not necessarily relate to the day it was shipped from the factory.
 

bmetcalf

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There was that big batch that Stan Hailwood bought the last of. Maybe some of the late B’s were part of that?
 

TouringComet

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I suspect that the date a bike/engine is completed may not necessarily relate to the day it was shipped from the factory.
I don’t know about that time frame, but during 1952/53, my Shadow went like this:

Passed to road test - Nov 25 1952
Road test complete - Dec 24 1952
Shipped - Sep 21 1953

9 or 10 months
 

david bowen

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IN 1949 Vincents had about 150 in stock all with HRD crankcase and inspection caps all covered in travel waxes, John Surtees and I had the job of grinding the HRD of the crankcases, we had air driven hand grinders, ,and changing the Inspection to plane ones once the HRD was ground of, the UFM was not taken off so some of the customers still had 2 HRD caps under the UFM, the only luck the company had gas tanks and seats had not been fitted. I can still see the mess alloy dust stuck to the travel wax,
 

vin998

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Interesting stuff. While I have a Series C with an "HRD" engine are there any Series Bs with Vincent engines?
Yes. The last of the series B's used "Vincent" engines and had Vincent on the tank. The change from HRD to Vincent had nothing to do with series B or C, the change was subjected to both series at the same time.

As far as I can tell, the last "HRD" engine left the factory in November 1949.
 

Robert Watson

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I have a Comet, Marked as a Model C, all matching Numbers, All HRD badged and the order form was written 12/10/49, finished 29/10/49 and despatched 4/11/49. It has girdraulics.

It was originally black as one would expect, but the previous owner painted it all grey.. It is known locally as "The Grey Flush"!
 

david bowen

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PCV book 1949, only 200 sets of girdraulics were available, when PCV came back from the USA in 1949 he instructed all HRD marking had to be removed he said there were 500 bikes in stock at that time. I think more like 150 (I have the blisters to prove it)
 

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