Lot 110: Matchless 498cc G9 Project
Announced in 1948, the Matchless G9 and equivalent AJS Model 20, while following the established pattern of British parallel twins, were unusual in having a third, central, crankshaft main bearing. The new 498cc engine was housed in the sprung frame recently introduced on the heavyweight singles. Progressively developed, the motor underwent a number of capacity increases, finally arriving at 646cc in 1958 with the launch of the AJS Model 31 and Matchless G12. Well-finished, stylish and deservedly popular, the AMC twins were much missed after their demise in 1966. This Matchless G9 was acquired by its late owner some 45 years ago from a friend, who recalls changing the engine prior to sale. The machine appears to be made up of parts from different years, the later AMC-type gearbox being an obvious example. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.
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Bonhams, Oxford, UK
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£747|
|Engine capacity (cc)||498|
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