This is a replica of one of John Surtees’ race bikes that he raced in the 50’s, based on a Vincent Comet.
Apart from being in concourse condition it also has the 596cc engine that would have been run in the day.
In 1952 John Surtees set a new lap record on his first outing of the season at Brands Hatch and throughout the early 1950s was virtually unbeatable on his Vincent Grey Flash racer.
Vincent had a close association with motorcycle racing and the Phil Irving designed Vincent Comet provided the basis for the Series C 499cc Grey Flash racer. Tuned and stripped down to 150 kg as a 600 cc version of the 1,000 cc Vincent Black lightening, the new ‘Flash’ was capable of 115 mph with a power output of 35 bhp 6,200 rpm.
Prototypes were raced in late 1949 and the last model was made in 1952 with only 31 variants being produced.
This really is an exceptional replica and if you could find an original you would have to pay in excess of £100,00 today.
the story from the collector who owns this stunning machine is that John Surtees himself built this bike and raced in the 1980’s selling it to an Italian collector in the late 1980s.
We are still researching the history of this bike and if Surtees did race it.
It has a variable slide front fork system, mono cross rear suspension, 4 front drum and open dry clutch.
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