Record-breaking Vincent

On January 25, 2018, to the sound of cheers and applause in a packed ballroom at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Bonhams – led by auctioneer Malcolm Barber – sold the rare, original condition, Australian speed record-setting, 1951 Vincent Black Lightning for $929,000, making it the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. It will be returning to Australia.

Built by special order and imported new into Australia by Tony McAlpine, the Vincent Black Lightning – number 7305 – is one of just approximately 30 Black Lightning models ever built by the Stevenage, England factory.


In 1953 the motorcycle smashed the existing Australian speed record when Jack Ehret achieved an average speed of 141.5mph.

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