1939 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-A Rapide to lead motorbike auction

A 1939 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-A Rapide is set to lead Bonhams' Spring Stafford motorbikes sale on April 26, with a valuation of £220,000-260,000 ($328,317-388,011).

Vincent began production of the Series-A in 1936, but was forced to cease at the outset of the second world war in 1939.

Vincent bike Bonhams
The 1939 Vincent Series-A is one of the most desirable bikes of its era

Only 78 were produced, of which very few are known to have survived to the present day.

The bike has remained in the same family collection since 1959.

Bonhams comments: "One of the most exciting motorcycles to be offered on the open market in recent years, this wonderful Vincent-HRD Series-A twin represents a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for discerning collectors."

Another specimen in similar condition sold for £225,000 ($335,712) in 2012.

A 1926 Coventry Eagle 980cc Flying Eight is estimated at £80,000-120,000 ($119,316-178,954).

Coventry was among the finest British motorcycle manufacturers of the inter-war era, but was slowly forced out of business by the Depression and closed in 1939.

An article on the bike in a 1925 edition of Motor Cycle magazine reads: "There is an undeniable fascination in owning a machine capable of seemingly illimitable speed."

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