1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000

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Lot 419
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S
Registration no. HDA 534 Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000

Sold for £ 3,680 (US$ 5,061) inc. premium
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S
Registration no. HDA 534
Frame no. 48396
Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
Associated Motor Cycles announced its post-war range of AJS and Matchless 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’. Cleverly, AMC had devised this frame by the simple expedient of producing a new suspension-carrying rear sub-frame that bolted on in place of the old rigid back end. Thus it proved a relatively simple matter for owners of older rigid models to update them. This particular G80S was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams’ Stafford sale in April 2007 (Lot 500, invoice on file) at which time it was said to have been in a private collection of early motorcycles for the preceding eight years. Since acquisition it has been used occasionally but not for the last three years and thus will need re-commissioning. First registered in Wolverhampton on 23rd November 1949, ‘HDA 534’ was produced during the 1950 model year, as indicated by the engine number prefix, and retains on its front mudguard the plaque of supplying dealer, Copes of Wolverhampton. Apparently highly original and unmolested, the machine is offered with old-style continuation logbook (issued 1968), expired tax disc (30th June 2008) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents. It is expected to possess a fresh MoT certificate at time of sale.
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1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
1949 Matchless 497cc G80S Frame no. 48396 Engine no. 50/G80S 13000
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