Bonhams : Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none

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Lot 478
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none

Sold for £ 8,625 (US$ 10,985) inc. premium
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. LCH194SH
Engine no. none
• Purchased in 1998
• Classic racing history
• Affordable parade or race bike

After the Second World War the first racing machine produced by the AMC concern was the AJS Porcupine, which was never available for sale to the public. This was followed by the commercially-available overhead cam 7R single in 1948, and in 1953 by the Matchless G45 which was much more conventional in its layout than the Porcupine twin. Its basis was the rolling chassis of the 7R racer, with a twin cylinder overhead valve motor with 500cc displacement, similar to the road-going G9 engine in some respects. The G45 stayed in production until 1957, although never in large numbers.

This machine was built in the 1990s by Stewart Hutchinson to use in classic racing, which had been gaining popularity since the early 1980s. Sourcing a frame from frame builder Les Hurst, this G45 Replica was constructed utilising a Matchless 500 engine and an AMC gearbox. Accompanying documentation suggests that the frame is made of Reynolds 531 tubing, the engine is running 9 to 1 compression pistons, and that the gearbox has close ratios, although we have no confirmation of these facts, and potential bidders should satisfy themselves as to the specification of the machine. The front forks and twin-leading shoe front hub are late-model BSA-Triumph type, as is the rear hub. The engine breathes through a pair of racing Amal GP carburettors with a 'matchbox' float chamber, and alloy wheel rims are fitted.

We believe that Stewart Hutchinson completed the machine in approximately 1994, and raced it with moderate success until 1998, when it was sold to the deceased owner. It was stored in pride of place inside the late owner's house, on display in his lounge. Having not been used in the present ownership, it will require some re-commissioning if the new owner intends to use it. It represents an ideal mount for either parades or use in classic racing.

Documentation comprises a variety of copy handwritten notes by the deceased owner, some articles with race accounts, the 1998 purchase receipt, and miscellaneous papers.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
Matchless 498cc G45 Replica Racing Motorcycle Frame no. LCH194SH Engine no. none
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