1948 Matchless 350cc G3L Frame no. 912559M? Engine no. 48G3L9076B
Lot 434
1948 Matchless 348cc G3L Engine no. 48G3L9076B
Sold for €2,760 (US$ 3,428) inc. premium

Lot Details
1948 Matchless 350cc G3L Frame no. 912559M? Engine no. 48G3L9076B
1948 Matchless 348cc G3L
Registration no. 2232 SP 61
Engine no. 48G3L9076B
Weighing as much as the 500cc model from which most of them were derived, but considerably less powerful, the typical British 350 of the 1950s was not likely to be anyone's first choice as a fast sports bike. Rather, these honest, workaday mounts were chosen for other reasons, chiefly their inherent strength, dependability and economy. AMC's offerings in this important market sector 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 (122km/h) but found that when toured at a relaxed pace across country, an excellent 86 miles per gallon (3.3litres/100km) was achievable. An older restoration, this example is offered with French Carte Grise de collection and Certificat de Cession d'un Vehicle (dated 1997).

Footnotes

  • Matchless 348 cm3 G3L 1948
    Immatriculation n° 2232 SP 61
    Moteur n° 48G3L9076B

    Presque aussi lourde que les types 500 cm3 dont elles découlaient, mais beaucoup moins puissantes, les « 350 » britanniques des années 1950 ne furent pas les montures préférées des amateurs de machines sportives et rapides. Mais ces motos utilitaires honnêtes et fiables furent choisies pour d'autres raisons et au premier chef leur robustesse, leur disponibilité et leur économie d'utilisation. Les offres d'AMC sur cet important segment de marché s'appelèrent Matchless G3L et AJS Model 16, types identiques à tous points de vue à l'exception des écussons. Essayant une de ces machines en 1961, Motor Cycling enregistra une modeste pointe de vitesse à 122 km/h tout en mesurant une excellente consommation possible de 3,3 litres aux 100 km en croisant sur des routes de campagne. Anciennement restaurée, cet exemplaire est offert avec sa carte grise française de collection et un Certificat de Cession d'un Véhicule de 1977.

Saleroom notices

  • La machine est vendue avec son certificat d'immatriculation, mais pas la carte grise comme indiquée au catalogue. The machine is offered with a Certificat d'immatriculation, not a Carte Grise as stated in the catalogue.
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