1953 Vincent Series C Rapide Specs

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These are the known mechanical and performance specifications for your 1953 Vincent Series C Rapide.

Basic Specs

ModelVincent Series C Rapide


Displacement998.00 ccm (60.90 cubic inches)
DetailsV2, four-stroke
Bore/Stroke84.0 x 90.0 mm (3.3 x 3.5 inches)
FuelingCarburettor. Amal 276
IgnitionLucas magneto
Exhaust2 into 1
LubricationDry sump
CoolingOil & air


Final DriveChain
ClutchDry Shoe with single plate servo assist


Horespower45.00 HP (32.8 kW)
Top Speed175.0 km/h (108.7 mph)

Fuel Economy & Polution

Fuel Consumption5.50 litres/100 km (18.2 km/l or 42.77 mpg)
Fuel Capacity17.00 litres (4.49 gallons)
Emissions127.6 CO2 g/km. (CO2 - Carbon dioxide emission)


Frame TypeEngine stressed member w/triangle rear
Front SuspensionGirdraulic - Hydraulic dampened Girder
Front Travel76 mm (3.0 inches)
Rear SuspensionMonoshock with twin spring boxes
Rear Travel102 mm (4.0 inches)
Seat Height813 mm (32.0 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Alt. Seat Height826 mm (32.5 inches) If adjustable, highest setting.
Total Height1,080 mm (42.5 inches)
Total Length2,172 mm (85.5 inches)
Total Width654 mm (25.8 inches)
Ground Clearance152 mm (6.0 inches)
Wheelbase1,435 mm (56.5 inches)
Dry Weight206.0 kg (454.2 pounds)
Wet Weight

Wheels & Brakes

Front Tire/Tyre300-20
Rear Tire/Tyre350-19
Front BrakesExpanding brake (drum brake). Two 7´ drums single leading
Front Brake Diameter178 mm (7.0 inches)
Rear BrakesExpanding brake (drum brake). Two 7´ drums single leading
Rear Brake Diameter178 mm (7.0 inches)


It appears you're interested in specifications for the Vincent Series C Rapide. This Sport touring model is powered by a V2, four-stroke engine with 998.00 ccm (60.90 cubic inches) of actual displacement before 6.5:1 compression. Fueling is metered via Carburettor. Amal 276 allowing this machine to produce its 45.00 HP (32.8 kW) horsepower and torque. According to our records engine heat of the Vincent Series C Rapide is moderated by Oil & air. You'll need to get familiar with the 4-speed transmission and pay attention to final drive Chain maintainence. Our best information shows that the front tire size is 300-20 and the rear is 350-19 . The entire package is supported by the frame, Engine stressed member w/triangle rear. We know you like to go fast or cruise all day, but when you need to stop, you'll be dependant on Expanding brake (drum brake). Two 7´ drums single leading front brakes and Expanding brake (drum brake). Two 7´ drums single leading rear brakes. The Vincent Series C Rapide was launched in 1953, and we're happy to know (or assume) you've got one in your garage. To help you keep your ride in tip-top shape, consider purchasing an owner or service manual.