Minichamps Vincent Black Lightning 1955 1:12 (P134600)
Given the critical acclaim and sales success of Minichamps 1:12 Vincent Black Shadow replica, it was perhaps inevitable that the German model-maker would look to produce other Vincents. Minichamps chose the Vincent Black Lightning. On September 13, 1948, Rollie Free set a US national motorcycle speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, riding what was, in effect, the very first Vincent Black Lightning. Thereafter, customers could buy their very own Black Lightning from the Stevenage factory. The Lightning was invariably supplied in racing trim, with magnesium alloy components, special racing tyres on alloy rims, rear-set foot control, a solo seat and aluminium fenders. All this reduced the Vincents weight to 380lbs, compared to the Shadows 485lbs. When it came to the engine, the specifications were always based on standard parts, albeit with upgraded components. The Lightning had strengthened con rods, larger inlet ports, polished rocker gear, steel idler gears, racing carbs and a manual-advance magneto. The result was 70bhp and a top speed of 150mph. The bike was known as The Worlds Fastest Standard Motorcycle, a claim that could still have been made 20 years after production ceased! Only 31 Black Lightnings were ever built. To create this replica, Minichamps was able to locate one of the original 31 bikes, which they took apart in order to be able to create a totally authentic replica. Not, of course, that there is such a thing as a standard Black Lightning. They were all made to the customers specific requirements and so no two bikes are identical. We can be confident that Minichamps is going to produce a piece that will pay suitable tribute to this legendary motorcycle.