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In the latest edition of Classic Bike (June 2009) there is the following "..Vincent produced red Rapides for the Chinese market (hence the colour name), but no red Shadows." This is attributed to Michael Farwell of Whitley Bay. I am hoping this was tongue in cheek & doesn't end up becoming lore. I was under the impression the colour was Post Office Red by another name & the aim was to increase US market share. As they were sold in a lot of Indian franchises & Indians were generally red, I thought this was a sensible explanation. I think I also heard that a lot of the cancelled Argentinean order were (re-)painted red & shipped to the USA. All those out there with the facts (just the facts) please enlighten me.