Auction Block: 1949 Vincent Black Lightning

Jul 26, 2018

Category: Rides

When it was first created, the Vincent Black Lightning was both the most expensive and the fastest motorcycle in the world. And while it’s 150 MPH limit is certainly impressive, it’s far from top-tier nowadays. It’s former title, however, is still safe and sound – or at least it should be once this 1949 example leaves the auction block.

Up for sale courtesy of Bonhams, this is actually the 2nd example of a Vincent Black Lightning to ever roll off the factory floor – making it one of the rarest vehicles on the planet. It’s powerful 998cc V-twin engine was actually never intended for street use – meant instead for performance racing, with magnesium alloy components throughout, Specialoid pistons, and twin Amal 10TT9 carburetors. This allowed for 70 bhp – 15 more than found in its brother, the Black Shadow. When this bike heads to auction at the Barber Vintage Festival, it’s expected to sell for at least $400,000, but will likely fetch more.

Purchase: $400,000+

More From Rides

UM Systems' UVMASK Sterilizes Air In Real-Time With UV-C Light

Ten-times faster than you can breathe.

Posted By Chris West

Partner
Featured Image

Mil-Spec’s 500HP Armored Supertruck Is The Most Off-Road-Ready H1 Ever

Riding on a Baja suspension kit and sporting a Formawerx interior.

Posted By

Jul 6, 2020

Featured Image

Mansory Celebrates 30 Years With A Full-Carbon 700HP Ford GT Supercar

Devoted to the prolific 1960s Le-Mans-winning supercar.

Posted By

Jul 6, 2020

Featured Image

Voxan’s 367HP Wattman Aims To Set A New Electric Moto Landspeed Record

A French ebike piloted by a world champion aiming to make history.

Posted By

Jul 6, 2020

Featured Image

Krugger Gives The Triumph Scrambler XE A Sleek Urban-Ready Makeover

The modern scrambler gets a heavier dose of on-road digs.

Posted By

Jul 2, 2020

Featured Image

Legacy Classic Restored A Genuine 1937 Kenworth Natl Park Tour Bus

Introducing period-correct paint, rust repair, and retro-style instrumentation.

Posted By

Jul 2, 2020