1961 Matchless 350cc G3C
Lot 277
Property of a deceased's estate,1961 Matchless 348cc Model G3C Trials Frame no. C9708 Engine no. 61/G3C 2215
Sold for £6,325 (US$ 10,631) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of a deceased's estate
1961 Matchless 348cc Model G3C Trials
Registration no. YCE 580
Frame no. C9708
Engine no. 61/G3C 2215
Using models based on the wartime Matchless G3 military machine, Associated Motor Cycles dominated the UK trials scene in the years immediately after WW2. 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, an 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 unqualified success, but the much-revised chassis of 1958 worked much better and was further improved by a switch to shorter rear dampers in 1961. 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.

This Matchless G3C trials was supplied new via Hallens Ltd of Cambridge and purchased by the vendor's deceased father around 1969/70. Although used initially for trials, the increasing demands of family life saw the Matchless consigned to the back of the garage in 1972. The machine remained in storage until 2011 when it was despatched for restoration to Wylde & Son Ltd of Leeds, who renewed the paint and brightwork, rebuilt the wheels and reconditioned the competition magneto among other works (invoice on file). Since the restoration's completion, 'YCE 580' has not been used, but has been kept in dry storage and started occasionally. The machine is offered with the aforementioned restoration invoice, its original old-style logbook, DVLA correspondence and Swansea V5C document. Following minimal re-commissioning, it should be ready to return to use with a fortunate new owner.
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