Vincent Series C in Movies
Prick Up Your Ears
Both seems had modifyed/restored. Right is Vincent Black Shadow (1948-54) Left is not clear, but may looks BSA Goldstar for me. Is it a 1000 V-Twin or a 500 single? This identification was hesitated very much. Parts colors are strange & there are some suspicious points. But case cover dosen't match if it's 500 single, and it has postwar alloy front fork. So I put the name & year as Vincent Black Shadow (1948-54)... single (Comet) http://www.thevincent.com/comet-c-lside.jpg Vincent Series C Rapide (lightly modified) 1948-1954. Can not be Comet (500 single) as primary chaincase is different on the two engines. Note flat 'bowl' behind footrest for Vincent clutch of twins rather than smaller Burman clutch. I think Rapide: lower engine is not painted black. Heat diffusers may be black here from swapping from Black Shadow, or just dirt and poor resolution photo. Forks have been stripped of black paint and headlamp attachment has been made up. May have larger Black Shadow speedo, but could have been retrofitted. The bike on the left is a Royal Enfield twin of 60s vintage - looks like a 1960 Constellation 700 - chrome tank, single carb
Twin Monoblocs on Constellation for the 1958 London Show and thereafter, as I recall. The Super Meteor, marketed for sidecar use, had a single carburettor. In fairness, the Enfield should have equal billing here. Just because Phil Vincent's machines were designed 'to last for ever'. (We hope the Database does as well).
Look at Life: Behind the Ton-Up Boys
front chain case (or primary drive!) say: 'am a single so here whe have a C Comet
Thats probably why it has not survived then , as the other Vincents here are still on DVLA list.
Coup de torchon
Vincent Series C Comet Je ne distingue pas de cylindre arrière: 500 Vincent. Comet? A vérifier...
Agreed with junkman. Is Comet because of Lucas 'Altette' horn hung off upper frame member in place of second cylinder of twin. Appears very original apart from rear numberplate. Missing alloy magneto cover.
The Triplets of Belleville
Vincent Series C. Has large speedo of Black Shadow, but this is not conclusive.
Doctor in Clover
This is a Vincent from about 1948-54. From this side we can't see whether it is a single cylinder Comet or a twin cylinder Rapide. Don't know the make of sidecar.
I think that this is a series C Rapide or Comet 1950-1954. The bike appears to have girdraulic forks rather than Bramptons, dating it as post 1949. Second piece of evidence for making it series C: the seat seems to have two sections like the earlier Feridax model, rather than the single hump of the un-enclosed series D. It is unlikely to be a Black Shadow as it does not seem to have the 5 inch speedo in the centre of the bars, though it is to be noted that by 1966 anything could have happened to the bikes. As a final guess I would say it was a Rapide as the Comets were often seen as not man enough for a sidecar, though both occurances are still around. So to sum up, Vincent Series C, Rapide or Comet.