1959 Matchless 498cc G9 Café Racer
Registration no. XAD 399
Frame no. A68256
Engine no. 59/G9L52061
For all their many virtues, the AMC twins were never the most popular subjects for the 'café racer' treatment. Yet they clearly had untapped potential, as evidenced by the stunning, award-winning creation offered here. 'XAD 399' is believed to have been converted for racing in the 1970s and then returned to road use in the 1990s. After the engine seized, the previous owner left the Matchless in his garage for several years before selling it to the current vendor in October 2009. The machine was then completely stripped and fully rebuilt to concours condition, the engine overhaul being entrusted to Paul Nicholl. Tested but never ridden on the road, it has been to four shows and won at three of them: Battlesbridge 2010 ('Best Special'), Stafford 2011 ('Best Classic Special') and Copdock 2011 ('Best Café Racer'). The only occasion when it failed to win a '1st' was at the Bristol Show where it was beaten only by the vendor's Nor-BSA (Lot 224)! A magnificent and unique motorcycle, this award-winning special is presented in concours condition and offered with sundry restoration invoices, expired MoT (1994) and V5C registration document. The aforementioned concours awards are included in the sale also.