1922 Matchless 8hp Model H Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 2C9A 60259

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Lot 504
1922 Matchless 8hp Model H Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. XK 8876 Engine no. 2C9A 60259

Sold for £ 14,950 (US$ 19,025) inc. premium
1922 Matchless 8hp Model H Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. XK 8876
Engine no. 2C9A 60259
Unlike the vast majority of Britain’s motorcycle manufacturers, which were located in the Birmingham and Coventry areas, Matchless were based in Plumstead, South London. The name ‘Matchless’ first appeared in the 1890s on cycles manufactured by H H Collier, whose sons Charlie and Harry would later join him in the business. The firm’s first - experimental - motorcycle appeared in 1899 and its first production model in 1902. These early Matchlesses were JAP powered, but in 1912 the firm introduced a 500cc single of its own design. Nevertheless, within a short time it had gone, along with all the other singles, and for the next several years Matchless built only v-twins. Of the latter, the MAG-powered Model 8B was particularly well specified, being equipped with a kick-starter, three-speed countershaft gearbox, fully enclosed chain drive and rear hub brake. For 1915 an 8B/2 version featuring detachable wheels was offered. When civilian production recommenced after WWI, the famous Model H was an early addition to the range. A development of the 8B/2, the Model H was unusual in being offered as a motorcycle combination only, with integral sidecar chassis, sprung sidecar wheel, swinging-arm rear suspension and electric lighting. One of the most capable motorcycle combinations of its day, the Model H lasted in production until 1927.

This magnificent Model H combination has been in the current owner’s possession since 1971 and was professionally fully restored in 1989 by Messrs Keith Kopp and Tony Osborne. The machine has been used regularly by the vendor - albeit covering only a relatively modest mileage - who advises us that it starts first kick and affords a supremely comfortable ride for both rider and passenger. It is offered with sundry restoration invoices, copy old style logbook, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2008 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1922 Matchless 8hp Model H Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 2C9A 60259
1922 Matchless 8hp Model H Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 2C9A 60259
1922 Matchless 8hp Model H Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 2C9A 60259
1922 Matchless 8hp Model H Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 2C9A 60259
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