1914 Alldays 2½hp 'Matchless' Frame no. M4098 Engine no. 0943

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Lot 207
1914 Alldays 2½hp 'Matchless'
Registration no. OA 2999 Frame no. M4098 Engine no. 0943

£ 6,000 - 8,000
US$ 8,000 - 11,000
Amended
1914 Alldays 2½hp 'Matchless'
Registration no. OA 2999
Frame no. M4098
Engine no. 0943
A firm that could trace its origins as far back as the 17th Century, the Alldays & Onions Pneumatic Engineering Company of Birmingham built its first automobile in 1898 and its first motorcycle in 1903. Car production ended around 1918 but that of motorcycles continued until the late 1920s. Early and late types were marketed as Alldays but from 1915 to 1924 the firm's products were known as Allons. The bulk of production consisted of the 293cc (2¾hp) Allon two-stroke. Introduced shortly before the outbreak of WWI, the Allon was one of the first British machines to feature a sloping top tube, post-WWI versions being among the earliest to adopt saddle tanks. Prior to the Allon's introduction, the firm also offered the 'Matchless', a lightweight powered by a 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine; single-gear, direct-drive and two-speed versions were available.

This direct-drive Alldays Matchless had been in dry storage for some 15 years before being restored recently to a good standard. Original parts were retained, the brightwork being re-plated (in nickel) and all cables replaced. Now running and ready for the road - it was last ridden in August 2016 - the machine may require further 'fine tuning' before regular use. An ideal Pioneer Run or Banbury mount, this rare Alldays lightweight is offered with a Pioneer Certificate and VMCC dating document. A spare engine, crankcases, crankshaft/con-rod, and carburettor are included in the sale.

Saleroom notices

  • We are unable to locate the frame number. The engine number is 2048. Engine number 0943 listed in the catalogue is on the spare engine that accompanies the bike, and recorded on the Pioneer Certificate.
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1914 Alldays 2½hp 'Matchless' Frame no. M4098 Engine no. 0943
1914 Alldays 2½hp 'Matchless' Frame no. M4098 Engine no. 0943
1914 Alldays 2½hp 'Matchless' Frame no. M4098 Engine no. 0943
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