Ex-Henry Manney III, Last of the Great British Bangers
1966 Matchless G85CS
Frame no. C/11222
Engine no. G85CS/220
The long-stroke 500cc Matchless single was a popular motor around the Cycle World magazine offices. Publisher Joe Parkhurst's favorite Thumper was a Rickman-framed Matchless Metisse, and editor-at-large Henry Manney was working on this G85CS project at the time of his death.
The good-looking G85CS was England's last big pushback against the onslaught of lightweight European two-stroke scramblers. Its frame of lightweight Reynolds tubing obviously owed something to the Rickman brothers. A magnesium rear hub, fiberglass bodywork and lots of alloy helped bring weight close to 300 pounds, but that was still too heavy for serious motocross work. Financial troubles back at factory stopped further development. The last new motorcycle wearing the famed flying M tank badge was sold in 1969.
Manney's Matchless is partially assembled and missing some parts. Included in the sale are the stock, multi-faceted oil tank and an inner primary cover. Offered on a Bill of Sale.