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Lot 336: Matchless G85CS

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

By the early 1960s, Matchless' parent company, like much of the British motorcycle industry was in trouble. Norton was also failing and Norton and Matchless production were combined. American dealers were crying for product and Matchless used whatever was on hand to fill the demand. The offered Matchless is an example. According to the Matchless numbering system, the engine is a 1959 G80CS scrambler unit, but the frame is from a G85CS that was supposedly not introduced until 1964. The same frame would be used on the Norton P11. All other parts on the subject bike, like the oil tank, gas tank wheels, hubs, foot pegs and competition magneto are correct for a G85CS. The front hub shows the attention to detail with which this model was assembled. It is from an AJS road racer and the fins have been ground off to save weight. Although the brake lever, starter crank and gear leaver have been modified for trials riding, the stock parts come with the lot. The wheels and tires are as produced and a spare set with trials tires are also included, as are two seats. This motorcycle is one of the last models in the long lineage of British 500cc competition singles and can be used for vintage scrambles or trails, or for road riding. With some cosmetic attention it could be returned to original G85CS visuals. Sold on a Bill of Sale

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number336
Estimate$7000-$9000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
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Engine number026010
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