License plate number: OGW 545

Robert E Naess

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Anyone recognise this number from the sixties for '48 Rapide #1385. I purchased this bike in London in May of 1970 with a Steib car and with my girlfriend tucked into the car, we rode to Venice where I worked for several months and then motored around various other countries and back to London.
Bike, less Steib, is still with me in Vermont, USA.

Bob Naess
 

Vince Farrell

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Anyone recognise this number from the sixties for '48 Rapide #1385. I purchased this bike in London in May of 1970 with a Steib car and with my girlfriend tucked into the car, we rode to Venice where I worked for several months and then motored around various other countries and back to London.
Bike, less Steib, is still with me in Vermont, USA.

Bob Naess


OGW 545 is a number first issued from London in late 1953/early 1954

The bike with engine 1/1385 is from an earlier period.

This would suggest your engine and frame come from two different machines.

If you supply Machine Registrar Simon Dinsdale with UFM, RFM, engine and C/C details I’m sure he will be able to supply you with more history.


Vince Farrell
 

Robert E Naess

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Thanks for the info Vince. OGW545 appears to be from a different bike then. I found the plate amongst parts and assumed it was for the '48 Rap. I listed the number of the Rap incorrectly. It is # 1/1389, and frame and engine numbers are correct. I own '54 Shadow 1B/10397 but the plate did not come with that bik as I recall. Sounds like the plate is appropriate for the '54 though........
I'll get the number info to Mr Dinsdale and see what shakes out.

Bob Naess
 

Robert E Naess

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On a whim, I unearthed an old file labelled 'Vincent' and sorting through it, found, to my pleasure, the original registration book for the '48 Rap, 1/1389, and the plate number is KLH217. The MOT paper disc is inside it with a June '70 date and my name is entered under the 5th Change. I wrote in the address: 178 Brownhill Rd, Catford, London SE6. Maybe that was where I was staying at the time, but I don't recognise it. I had been in London for only a week or so.
Original registrant was: Charles R. Johnson, January 15, 1949
Owner previous to me: Colin E. Leaver, registered May 9, 1969
My registration as the sixth owner, May 15, 1970

Seems like a very long shot that anyone might have any info to add to the above, but if so, I would be delighted to know it.

Bob Naess
 

Simon Dinsdale

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Bob

I have just sent you an email. If you can reply via email and not on this forum I have some info, but will require some details from you first.

Simon Dinsdale
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b'knighted

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178 Brownhill Road was Catford, SE6 - did you buy it from Deeprose Bros.? They were in Brownhill road.
 

Robert E Naess

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Ian: yes, I did, and was hoping that I had used their address on the reg since I did not reside in England and further hoped someone might recognize it here. I have not been able to remember for many years from what outfit I bought the rig! Thanks so much for posting this info! The fellows in the shop, who were curious about this yank buying the rig, all fell silent when I said that I didn't want it crated up and shipped to the US because my girlfriend and I were headed off for a ride to Italy for a few months. I recall several people shaking their heads.
Shortly after leaving Deeprose and very carefully focusing on driving on the opposite side of the road, I was stopped for a moment to calm down, and a fellow walked over to me, inquired briefly about the bike, and offered his name and phone number in case I needed any spares. He also suggested I join the VOC. Now, that is Vincent courtesy! I did join the VOC and found my first receipt for dues with the reg. I joined in the fall of 1970 after returning to the US, having had the bike shipped stateside.
Thanks again Ian.
I have posted bike pics to simon.

Bob Naess
 
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