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Restored 1937 Vincent Rapide valued at £225,000

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It was a heartbreaking moment when Brian Hill was unable to raise that extra £40 that would have seen him take home a classic motorbike in 1968.

However, at the time he was happy to see the 1937 Vincent Rapide go to his good friend John Lumley and 45 years later, Mr Lumley has returned the favour.

Mr Hill explained that he persuaded his pal to buy the bike as he was a penniless student at the time and was honoured that Mr Lumley had left the classic motorcycle to him in his will.

"I was incredibly touched by the gesture. When the bike arrived it was still in bits, exactly the same as it was in 1968," Mr Hill said.

Following a significant restoration project, which cost the Stevenage native around £10,000, the Vincent Rapide is now thought to be worth a staggering £225,000.

Mr Hill explained that he used to joke with his friend that he had the £40 now but it will take a whole lot more than that to separate the two again.

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