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Lot 619: 1926 Matchless 250cc Model R

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

Unlike the vast majority of Britainís motorcycle manufacturers, which were located in the Birmingham and Coventry areas, Matchless were based in Plumstead, South London. Early Matchlesses were JAP powered, but in 1912 the firm introduced a 500cc single of its own design. Nevertheless, within a short time it had gone, along with all the other singles, and for the next several years Matchless built only v-twins. Singles were reintroduced in the mid-1920s, the 250cc Model R sidevalve being the companyís first model to feature the gold-lined black tank that would characterise many later offerings. This rarely seen vintage Matchless lightweight was an early acquisition and has been in the Collection for 40-or-so years. Used on local runs and presented in Ďas purchasedí condition, it is offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number619
Estimate£1500-£2000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1600
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1840
Year1926
Condition rating
Registration numberFE 8455
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine numberR2377
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors