1962 Matchless 750cc G15/45 Frame no. A82895 Engine no. G15/45 117
Lot 187
1962 Matchless 750cc G15/45
Registration no. 983 YUX Frame no. A82895 Engine no. G15/45 117
Sold for £9,200 (US$ 14,293) inc. premium

Lot Details
1962 Matchless 750cc G15/45 Frame no. A82895 Engine no. G15/45 117
1962 Matchless 750cc G15/45
Registration no. 983 YUX
Frame no. A82895
Engine no. G15/45 117
Associated Motor Cycles were late in producing a twin-cylinder model to rival those of Triumph, BSA and Norton. When announced in 1948, the Phil Walker-designed AJS Model 20 and equivalent Matchless G9, while following the established pattern of British parallel twins, were unusual in having an engine with a third, central, crankshaft main bearing. The new 498cc power unit was housed in the sprung frame recently introduced to the heavyweight singles line-up. Progressively developed, the motor underwent a number of capacity increases, arriving at 646cc in the autumn of 1958 with the launch of the AJS Model 31 and Matchless G12. A few years later AMC stretched the motor yet again to a nominal 750cc (actually 738cc) to create the Matchless G15/45. The '45'referred to its capacity in cubic inches, a sure sign that its target market was the USA. Only 212 were made before the project was abandoned - 120 in 1962 and 92 in 1963 - of which more than 60 have survived. AMC's next attempt at a '750' would use the Norton Atlas engine. Restoration of this ultra-rare post-war Matchless was started in Canada several years ago and completed in the UK in 2013. Described as in generally excellent condition, this matching-numbers machine is offered with AJS & Matchless OC dating certificate and V5C registration document. The recorded mileage total of 15,148 is believed genuine.

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  • The machine is offered with a fresh MOT.
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