1948 Matchless 350cc G3L Frame no. 4512480R (Restamped) Engine no. 41G3L703354
Lot 435
c.1951 Matchless 348cc G3LS Engine no. 41G3L70354
Sold for €3,450 (US$ 4,346) inc. premium

Lot Details
1948 Matchless 350cc G3L Frame no. 4512480R (Restamped) Engine no. 41G3L703354
c.1951 Matchless 348cc G3LS
Registration no. 6874 VG 61
Engine no. 41G3L70354
Associated Motor Cycles announced its post-war range of AJS and Matchless heavyweight singles in June 1945. Coded Model 16 and G3L respectively, the two 350cc models shared the same 93mm stroke as their 500cc brethren, combined with a 69mm bore. Housed in a rigid frame with Teledraulic front fork, the ruggedly built overhead-valve engine drove through a four-speed gearbox. Hairpin valve springs were adopted for 1949 and at the same time a swinging-arm frame was introduced, the latter initially for export only but available in the UK from 1950, machines so-equipped being suffixed 'S'. The Matchless G3L was supplied to British Armed Forces in large numbers during WW2 and this machine is fitted with an engine from one of these military motorcycles. The machine is offered with French Carte Grise normale and various documents relating to its purchase in 2000.

Footnotes

  • Matchless 348 cm3 G3LS c.1951
    Immatriculation n° 6874 VG 61
    Moteur n° 41G3L70354

    Associated Motor Cycle annonça ses gammes de grosses monos AJS et Matchless d'après guerre en juin 1945. Désignées respectivement Model 16 et G3L, les deux types 350 partageaient le même moteur de 93 mm de course de leurs aînées en 500 cm3 avec un alésage de 69 mm. Logé dans un cadre rigide à fourche avant Teledraulic, le solide moteur à soupapes en tête était associé à une boîte à 4 rapports. Des ressorts de soupape en épingle furent adoptés en 1949 en même temps qu'un cadre à bras oscillant, ce dernier réservé d'abord à l'exportation puis disponible au Royaume-Uni en 1950, les motos ainsi équipées recevant le suffixe « S ». La Matchless G3L fut livrée en grand nombre aux forces armées britannique pendant la guerre et celle-ci a reçu un moteur provenant de ces motos militaires. La machine est proposée avec sa carte grise française normale et divers documents relatifs à son achat en 2000.

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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