One owner, never raced, very well maintained Vincent Black Prince for sale. Ah, … there is, however, the matter of the mileage, 721,703 to be exact, but, Stuart Jenkinson, who bought the bike in 1955 for £385, says it was a reliable daily ride for decades. Then, after the British chemistry professor retired, he rode the Vincent guiding other riders for Bike and Sun Tours, exploring the roads throughout Europe.
With multiple visits to over 20 countries and at least 40 trips to Greece, it’s easy to see how the miles could build up. It only failed him a few times with exhaust valve and ignition problems and otherwise reliably racked up the miles, returning over 60 miles per gallon at normal cruising speeds.
I’ve long been a fan of the “buy a good one and maintain it” philosophy and Stuart is an example of how long things can really last when cared for.
Vinny Long Legs will be auctioned by Bonhams on April 24th at the International Classic Motorcycle Show. They estimate £35,000 – £40,000, but it’s hard to predict. Stuart hopes the new owner will take it over the million mile mark and there’s no reason to believe it isn’t up to the task. Very cool.
Thanks for the tip, Pete!