Stafford, April 2012, Bonhams Auction - 1939 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-A Rapide

Of all the many makes and models of motorcycle produced during the 1930s, there are two outstanding V-twin-engined thoroughbreds that feature at the top of every knowledgeable enthusiast's 'fantasy barn find' league table: the Brough Superior SS100 and Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide...

These days the chances of finding an example of either hidden behind a pile of straw bales are slim indeed, all the more so in the case of the ultra-rare Series-A Rapide, a mere 78 of which were produced between late 1936 and the summer of 1939. (Expert opinion differs on this point, but most authorities favour a total in the high 70s.) By comparison, production of the rival SS100 ran into the hundreds...

Here James Robinson, Editor of The Classic MotorCycle, talks about one of this years highlights then we go to the live auction with auctioneer Malcolm Barber of Bonhams.

Shot at The 32nd Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at the Stafford showground, Sunday April 29th 2012.

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