On Australia Day, an Australian speed-record-holding 1951 Vincent Black Lightning has set a world document on the Bonham’s annual Las Vegas bike public sale.
The 1951 Vincent Black Lightning offered for $US929,000 ($A1,155,000, €748,500), making it probably the most useful bike ever offered at public sale.
The bike was constructed by particular order and imported new into Australia by Tony McAlpine in 1952.
Vincent Black Lightning quantity 7305 is considered one of solely about 30 Black Lightning fashions constructed by the Stevenage, England, manufacturing unit.
On the time of its construct, one other well-known Vincent nicknamed “Gunga Din” was present process work within the manufacturing unit.
Upon completion of each, the 2 machines had been contested at an airfield the place it was stated that McAlpine’s bike was a transparent 30 yards (27.3m) forward of Gunga Din, and manufacturing unit information later indicated speeds in extra of 130mph (209km/h) in third gear.
Most necessary, nonetheless, was that in 1953 the McAlpine-ordered bike smashed the present Australian velocity document when Jack Ehret achieved a median velocity of 141.5mph (227.7km/h).
Underneath the possession of Ehret, the Black Lightning would additionally clinch quite a few race victories all through Australia and grow to be famend across the globe.
“Rollie Free and Marty Dickerson, each legends within the Vincent universe, knew of this bike and Ehret’s acclaim,” says Ben Walker, Bonhams Head of Motorcycling.
“After the ‘Bathing Go well with Bike’ ridden by Free, the Ehret bike is probably going crucial Black Lightning in existence and is without doubt one of the world’s most fascinating machines.”
In authentic, unrestored and working situation – recommissioned by none apart from Vincent grasp Patrick Godet, this tremendously necessary and uncommon Black Lightning was in Ehret’s possession for almost 50 years.