Increasing dissatisfaction with suppliers led to the creation of Vincent's own engine in 1934. An overhead-valve, 498cc single, this all-new, high-camshaft power unit was designed jointly by Philip Vincent and his Chief Engineer, Phil Irving. The names 'Meteor' and 'Comet' were chosen for the touring and sports versions respectively of the stylish new Series-A Vincent-HRD, which was first exhibited at the 1934 Motor Cycle Show. During the show, a tester achieved 90mph on a Comet, a highly respectable figure for a sports '500' and one that fully justified Philip Vincent's prior performance claims, while a good team performance at the 1935 Isle of Man Senior TT demonstrated that the new Vincent possessed reliability as well as speed. Production of all Series-A Vincent-HRDs ceased on the outbreak of WW2, and today the single-cylinder Meteor and Comet, models that effectively kick-started the Vincent legend, are highly prized by discerning collectors.
This matching-numbers Comet was first registered on the 18th November 1937 as 'DNK 302'. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this incomplete machine comes with an old-style V5 registration document, indicating that it has been in the current ownership since at least March 1978. A rare opportunity to acquire one of the legendary Vincent-HRD Series-A singles.