Lot Details
1955 Matchless 348cc G3L
Registration no. UXG 870
Frame no. A33932
Engine no. 53G3L521441
AMC’s offerings in the important 350-class were the Matchless G3L and AJS Model 16, models identical in all respects, tank badge excepted. Testing one of these stalwarts in 1961, Motor Cycling recorded a modest mean top speed of 76mph, but found that when toured at a relaxed pace across country, an excellent 86 miles per gallon was achievable: “When really cracking along, the mpg was 78. This economy in fuel and zero consumption of oil contributed towards the cheapness of running.” The machine tested was, in fact, an AJS, but as Motor Cycling acknowledged, its words applied equally to the Matchless. Finished in the model’s traditional black livery, this Matchless G3L has been fitted with a slightly earlier engine dating from 1953. We are advised that it was re-registered with non-transferable number ‘UXG 870’ in 1992 and acquired by the vendor in 2004. The machine is offered with Swansea V5.
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