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Old 02-16-2013, 12:40 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by drhach View Post
I'm far from being an expert on the featherbed or the Vincent. But, just from a design perspective, the Vincent seems to be the better of the two. So, why put a Vincent engine in a Norton frame? I don't get it. It seems like you would lose on that deal. Is it one of those "because it was there" things?
Vincent stopped production sometime around 1955, Tom Somerton who built the Viscounts, having amassed a huge amount of Vincent spares, decided to use them. Combining newly built Black Shadow engines, and available Manx Norton racing frames, so yes, because it was there. The best powerplant of the age, with undeniably the best racing frame built.

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