Almost a million dollars were paid by the buyer for the historic Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle. This is the highest price the motorcycle has ever sold at the auction.
Vincent Vincent Black Lightning is one of the rarest motorcycles in the world. It was produced in 1948-1952 in Hertfordshire (Great Britain). It was based on a modified design of the Black Shadow model, and in its heyday, it was considered the fastest motorcycle in the world. Was driven by a two-piece, 998 cm3, 70 hp, which allowed it to accelerate to nearly 200 km / h.
The model, which hit the auction, is one of only 19 surviving to date copies of the 33 built in general. The motorcycle auctioned is unique in several respects – it was built in 1951 to order by Tony McAlpine – one of the most famous Australian motorcyclists, and in 1953 Jack Ehret beat the Australian record of an average speed of 141.5 mph (227.7 km / h).
The motorcycle was sold at an auction organized by the Bonhams auction house at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for 929 thousand. dollars (over PLN 3 million). This is the highest amount that I managed to get for a motorcycle at the auction. The previous record (825 thousand dollars) belongs to the tracker formerly owned by Steve McQueen.