1934 Matchless 593cc Model 34/B Silver Hawk
Lot 226
1934 Matchless 593cc Model 34/B Silver Hawk
Sold for £19,837 (US$ 30,614) inc. premium

Lot Details
1934 Matchless 593cc Model 34/B Silver Hawk 1934 Matchless
1934 Matchless 593cc Model 34/B Silver Hawk
Registration no. JU 4600
Chassis no. 991
Engine no. 34/B 1982
Matchless’s own description of the top of the range Silver Hawk perhaps sums up the model best in the following terms – "This is the famous four-cylinder Matchless, unquestionably the most fascinating machine to ride that has ever been built. It combines the silence, smoothness and comfort of the most expensive motor-car with a Super-Sports performance. On top gear alone the machine will run from as low as 6 miles per hour to over 80 miles per hour, while the acceleration given by the four-cylinder overhead camshaft engine in conjunction with the four-speed gearbox must be experienced to be believed. This is the only four-cylinder machine in the world equipped with a Spring Frame."
The V-4 cylinder engine with overhead camshaft valve gear was an engineering masterpiece and this ‘super-bike’ came fully equipped, justifying its price ticket of £73-10s-0d.
This bike was previously owned by Duncombe – a dealer and well known competitor in Newark and the tax disc suggests last use in 1962. It is equipped with foot gear change, an improvement to standard equipment, but otherwise appears to be to factory specification and is correctly liveried.
This Leicestershire bike was first registered on 6th July 1934 and has been a favourite in the Geeson Collection and indeed, with brothers Len and George aboard, its illustration has been the ‘trade-mark’ of the Museum. It is now offered with old style buff log book and Swansea V5 registration document.
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