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vicar's vincent and other bikes to be auctioned

As well as the plate passed around the congregation, the word “collection” had another meaning for the late Father Robert Edward Hampson. The London vicar was also a worshipper of all things two-wheeled, and his private treasure trove, including a Vincent and other motorcycle exotica, is about to be auctioned by H&H Classics on 9 November.

His 12 classic machines include a couple of Sunbeams, a Royal Enfield, a BSA, but the headline bike is the 1951 Vincent Black Shadow 998cc, estimate £40,000 to £50,000. The Black Shadow was arguably the greatest high performance “superbike” of its generation – a decidedly racy kind of transportation for a local vicar. There is also a 1938 Sunbeam Model A26, a very rare machine and the only known example on the road today, estimated to sell at £8000-£9000.

It is expected the bikes will fetch £140,000.

Mike Davis of H&H said: “The Reverend was known for his tongue-in-cheek approach to preaching his faith during his time at the Holy Trinity church in South Woodford. It was only fitting his bike collection was seen outside his church one last time before what we hope will be another successful sale at the National Motorcycle Museum.”

As well as the Vincent Black Shadow, the collection comprises:

1921 Sunbeam model 7 500cc – nicely restored a few years ago – £7000-£8000; 1922 Sunbeam Model 1 350cc Sports – partly restored – £5000-£6000; 1929 Sunbeam Model 9/90 500cc – a very sporty machine – £7000-£8000; 1931 Sunbeam Model 9 sports 500cc – restored a few years ago – £7000-£9000; 1932 Sunbeam Lion 500cc – partly dismantled for restoration – no reserve; 1932 Sunbeam Lion 600cc – partly dismantled for restoration – no reserve; 1938 Sunbeam Model A26 – the only known example on the road today – £8000-£9000; 1929 BSA Sloper 500cc side-valve – a nice old warrior in need of light recommissioning – £5000-£6000; 1932 Raleigh MH32 500cc OHV – vintage machine in need of light restoration – £3000-£4000 ; 1921 Royal Enfield Model 180 986cc v-twin – restored to a high standard a few years ago – £11,000-£13,000; 1947 Harley Davidson WLA 745cc v-twin – American war bike of the day, estimate – £9000-£11,000.

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