The Ex Graham Walker,1912 Matchless 964cc 8hp
Lot 345
The Ex Graham Walker,1912 Matchless 964cc 8hp
Sold for £18,400 (US$ 28,450) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Ex Graham Walker,1912 Matchless 964cc 8hp The Ex Graham Walker,1912 Matchless 964cc 8hp
The Ex Graham Walker
1912 Matchless 964cc 8hp
Registration no. H 8669
Frame no. A499
Engine no. 11715
Although Matchless were pioneers in the motorcycle field, commencing production in 1899, it was not until 1907 that the marque shot to fame with a victory in the very first TT race with their 432cc overhead valve model. Harry and Charlie Collier dominated the racing scene, Charlie achieving a second place in the 1908 race, Harry winning in 1909 and Charlie and Harry achieving a 1-2 respectively in 1910. In 1910 Charlie Collier recorded a notable 91.37mph flying mile at the Brooklands circuit. The Matchless V-twin production models were perhaps the most respected motorcycles of their type built in the pre-war period and the company were to use both J.A.P. and M.A.G. engines in these early days.

There is no question that this is one of the most delightfully patinated and original big Matchlesses we have offered. It is powered by a side-valve, V-twin engine, fuel fed through an Amac carburettor, spark from a Bosch magneto and with final drive by belt with pedal assistance. We believe it retains its original paint and transfers and the only significant modification is to the front suspension, no doubt carried out by an early owner to enhance riding comfort.

This machine had remained in regular use by its owner until his death in 1945. At that time it was left to former TT racer and broadcaster, Graham Walker, (father of Murray Walker), who regularly entered it in the Sunbeam M.C.C.’s Epsom to Brighton Pioneer Run. In the 1951 event this bike was ridden by the legendary Charlie Collier. This bike was a regular participant in the Pioneer Run up to the 1990’s, entered as part of The National Motor Museum Trust Collection. Condition generally appears to be good overall with a delightful unrestored patina. The bike has not been run in very recent years and will reward the usual careful recommissioning. It is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document for its original Middlesex County Council-issued number and comes also with Pioneer Certificate no.1353, issued by the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club.
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