This blown Vincent Black Shadow was built by Max Kelly and raced in California some time in the 1950s. It’s a series C Black Shadow with a series B rear section. The blower is a Ventor Supercharger type 2R010 designed and manufactured by Wade Engineering with four 42mm Dellorto carbs doing intake duty. It’s an imposing engine with all of this extra plumbing and, like any Vincent engine, looks pretty good from most any angle.
There’s no information about how it ran or what speeds it reached but it has that period look of the kinds of machines racers would take out to Bonneville and just go for it. It’s an interesting bit of mechanical eye candy.
The bike needs to be rebuilt but, according to the owner, most of the pieces are there. Wouldn’t it be neat to see someone resurrect this beast? I almost missed this bike but got a note from John pointing it out. Thanks, John!
Link: Blown Vincent – auction ended