1993 Beale Matchless 496cc G50 Racing Motorcycle
The disappointing performance of the Matchless G45 twin-cylinder racer prompted Associated Motor Cycles to develop an over-bored version of the firms successful AJS 7R 350 single as a contender for the 500 class. Using cycle parts virtually identical to the 7R, the prototype Matchless G50 first ran in 1958, production versions becoming available the following year. With a claimed power output of over 50bhp, the G50 should have been a winner, but it was not until after manufacture ceased in 1962 that tuner/entrants in Britain and the USA began to exploit the models full potential. Frame and suspension developments - most notably by Tom Arter and Colin Seeley - kept the G50 competitive into the Japanese era and the model continues to be a mainstay of classic racings 500 class today, thanks in no small part to the availability of faithful replicas of the original, one of the first in the field with his own G50 being George Beale.
This pristine Matchless G50 was purchased by its late owner an Isle of Man TT and Manx Grand Prix marshal - from George Beale in 1993 and comes with invoices totalling circa £17,500 for rolling chassis and engine. Never started or used, the machine has been regularly cleaned and polished, and when not displayed in its late owners living room has been kept stored in a moisture-free packing case. Offered in effectively as new condition, it comes with a set of five alternative rear wheel sprockets (55, 56, 58, 59 and 60-tooth).