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Lot 310
1960 MATCHLESS 497CC G8CS

Sold for US$ 14,087 inc. premium

MOTORCYCLES

8 Nov 2003, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

1960 MATCHLESS 497CC G8CS
FRAME NO C9610
Although the company never possessed the financial resources of chief rival BSA, Associated Motor Cycles established a formidable reputation in off-road competition in the 1950s, winning the British 500cc Moto-Cross Championship on four occasions. In the USA, desert race victories by rider such as Walt Fulton and Bud Ekins ensured a healthy demand for AMC's Matchless G80CS and AJS 18CS 'scramblers'.
@ AMC had announced its post-war range of Matchless and AJS heavyweight singles in June 1945. Housed in a rigid frame with Teledraulic front fork, the ruggedly built overhead-valve engine drove via a four-speed gearbox. Hairpin valve springs were adopted for 1949 and a swinging-arm frame introduced - the latter initially for export only - models so-equipped being suffixed 'S'. The production scramblers also received the new frame that the works team had enjoyed since 1948; the trials models though, kept the rigid back end. The scrambles engine went all-alloy for 1950 and subsequently received different cams and larger valves before being re-designed with short-stroke dimensions (86x85.5mm bore/stroke in the 500's case) for 1955. A new duplex frame appeared for 1960 and there were further engine improvements. AMC continued to develop its four-stroke scramblers to the end of production in 1969, but by then the days of such heavyweight machines were at an end.
@ The vendor advises us that this G80CS was restored to a high standard in the 1990s by none other than Bud Ekins himself. Described as a good rideable representative of the model, being both powerful and smooth, it incorporates a number of special parts, including an original works-type lightweight rear hub. A measure of this machine's fine quality may be gained from the fact that it was displayed at the New York Guggenheim Museum's 'Art of the Motorcycle' exhibition in 1998.
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