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Sixteen Vincents consigned to Vegas auction

Please note, Bonhams has corrected its description in paragraph three.

Sixteen Vincents will come under the hammer at the Bonhams sale in Vegas, to be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino on 26 January, 2017.

Among the bikes is a “rare and historically significant” 1949 Indian-Vincent factory prototype, pictured.

Bonhams says that in 1948 the manager of Indian Motorcycles, Ralph Rogers, and the director of Vincent HRD, Philip Vincent, agreed on a joint venture to manufacture and sell a hybrid machine to the American market. Two prototypes were created: the better-known Vindian – essentially an Indian Chief with Vincent motor – and the Indian-Vincent – essentially a specially badged Vincent Rapide with some Indian components.

Both were one-off designs created at Vincent’s factory in Stevenage, England, from two Chiefs shipped over from Indian’s Springfield, Massachusetts factory. Unfortunately, neither prototype was put into production before Indian’s demise just a few years later.

The singular Indian-Vincent combined the exceptionally fast and desirable Series C Rapide engine and components with Indian frame and electrics, and employed several distinctions aimed at US riders, such as high handlebars, additional lights, crashbars and converted left-side gearshift. The prototype was personally taken by Phil Vincent later that year to Australia, where it has remained most its life.

The VOC-documented one-off carries an estimate of $250,000-$300,000 (£197,000-£237,000).

In all, 16 Vincents have been consigned with the following models of various vintage and specification represented: Comet, Rapide, Black Shadow, Black Prince and Black Knight.

“It’s exciting to have so many examples in one auction,” says Nick Smith, Bonhams’ US head of motorcycles. “Vincent is one of the most respected and sought after names in the world of collectors’ motorcycles and to have this unprecedented assembly – not to mention being selected to represent the legendary prototype – is just phenomenal. It’s an incredible opportunity for Vincent aficionados.”

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