1957 Matchless 350cc G3C Trials
Registration no. XYJ 835
Frame no. A43572C
Engine no. 50/16M 1094C
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 AMC's 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, AMC's 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.
Originally a rigid-framed model, this Matchless G3C was built up from parts in the late 1970s for Pre-'65 trials use and is fitted with a swinging arm conversion and a close-coupled (works-style) engine and gearbox. The machine was first registered for the road (on an age-related plate) in 1981 and its earlier history is not known. Not used actively since 2003, it has recently been re-commissioned, MoT'd and put into good running order with a view to participation in the SSDT centenary events. The machine is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.