Vincent and Flat Tank Hall
The Vincent Flat Tank Gallery has a display of the iconic Vincent motorcycles including the 1953 Vincent Fire Fly autocycle with its 50cc Two Stroke Miller engine with a Speed (Cruising) of 20 mph. Sadly the production of the Fire Fly did not stop the demise of Vincent and production ceased in 1956.
Also featured are two HRD motorcycles which were the forerunners of the Vincent marque, together with an array of flat tanks machines dating from 1911.
Also displayed in this Hall are the futuristic experimental Sinclair C5 and the Industrial Design Engineering Postgraduate course, Royal College of Art & Imperial College project.
After the demise of the Brough Superior Company, Vincent-HRD motorcycles were unquestionably the most famous – and fastest - machines on the market in Britain, and probably in the world. That had been Philip Vincent’s intention right from the start when he became a manufacturer while still an engineering student at Cambridge University. Of course he would never have achieved his ambition without financial backing, and he was lucky that his father had become very wealthy through the South American cattle trade. Sadly the production of the Firefly did not stop the demise of Vincent and production ceased in 1956.
Engine: 50cc Two Stroke Miller 38X42mm (C.R:5)
BHP: 1 & 4,200 r.p.m
Carburetter: Amal 335
Ignition/Lighting: Miller 6 volt 9 watt generator PLUG: KLG F20
Petrol Tank Capacity: 5 pints (FINISH: Silver/Red)
Price: £25 (as attachment only) £38-19.5d (complete machine)
Speed (Cruising): 20 mph
Transmission: Dunlop geared roller
Tyres: 26 x 1 3/8 inch
Weight: 24 lb (attachment). 72 ob (complete machine)
Wheelbase: 44 ¾ inch
See the Vincent Firefly and hundreds of other rare and interesting motorcycles at the Sammy Miller museum.