1961 Matchless 350cc G3C Trials
Registration no. SEE 127
Frame no. 9837
Engine no. 2216
Using models based on the wartime Matchless G3 military machine, AMC dominated the UK trials scene in the immediate post-WW2 years. Stars such as Hugh Viney and Gordon Jackson riding for AJS and Artie Ratcliffe and Ted Usher for Matchless won countless national events, while clubmen everywhere favoured the Plumstead marques products more than those of any of their rivals. Important steps in the evolution of AMCs trials models included revised steering geometry, alloy cylinder barrel and head, and a lightweight all-welded frame. Introduced for the 1954 season, the latter remained rigid at the rear despite evidence that a springer worked better. In the event, AMCs first attempt at a sprung frame was not an outstanding success, but the much-revised chassis of 1958 worked much better and was further improved by a switch to shorter rear dampers in 1961. And although a 500cc model was offered until the early 1950s, the works boys always favoured the milder and more easily managed 350, as did the vast majority of customers. This Matchless G3C was purchased in 1980 by the current owner, used for approximately five years and then sold on, only to be repurchased in 2004. Used sparingly since, it has covered fewer than 300 miles since 1986. Offered with old-style logbook and Swansea V5. No reserve.