1949 Vincent Black Lighting. $382,000.

In the UK at the Stafford Show, during a Bonhams Auction, a 1949 supercharged Vincent Black Lightning sold for £221,500 (about $382,000). It is a tricked out Vincet used for an attempt on the land speed record. Ben Walker, Bonhams motorcycle specialist, said: “It is amazing and incredible that a record has been broken again”.This bike has been bought by an anonymous collector. Despite being the most expensive bike ever sold, the price paid is at the bottom end of its guide price, mentioned between £220,000 ($380,000) to £340,000 ($588,000).

9 Responses to “1949 Vincent Black Lighting. $382,000.”

  1. 1 Mike Greenwald Oct 20th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Now, that is a hot rod

  2. 2 Spree Oct 21st, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Unbelievable! I have been following this topic with interest – I hope the bike is shown so that the public can feast their eyes and not buried in some private museum.

  3. 3 Michael Schacht Crocker Motorcycle Co. Oct 21st, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Vincent prices have been climbing steadily over the past few years although to achieve this kind of price it would have to be a very special bike with a unique pedigree of racing.
    It is an incredible price to pay for any motorcycle, but not the highest price ever paid for one. In 2008 pair of Crocker’s were purchase from a well known collector in California for approximate $1,000,000.usd. Bonham’s sure knows how put on an auction!

  4. 4 MCBill Oct 21st, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Is that a grease spot under the bike? Geez, for that kind of money you’d think they’d put in some decent gaskets. On the other, for that kind of money, does the new owner really care if it leaks oil?

  5. 5 Rodent Oct 22nd, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I like it better when it sucked fuel rather than blown.

  6. 6 Rodent Oct 22nd, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I liked it better when it sucked fuel rather than blown

  7. 7 free2ride Oct 29th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    can a brother get payments on something like that. just wanted to
    post on a story with out jackass politics. looks fast too

  8. 8 The Vintagent Nov 4th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    This bike isn’t the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction; that title goes to a 1913 Cyclone, sold at Monterey last May for $520,000. It IS the highest price paid for a British motorcycle at auction.
    The owner is a friend of mine; I look forward to seeing it in person. His first priority with this machine is to put it in running condition; that’s the kind of guy he is. It will be displayed and run at selected events.
    Check out my story on this machine at http://www.thevintagent.blogspot.com

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