1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS Frame no. A53985 Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189

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Lot 432
1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS
Registration no. JSU 471 Frame no. A53985 Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189

Sold for £ 2,990 (US$ 3,902) inc. premium
1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS
Registration no. JSU 471
Frame no. A53985
Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189
• Purchased by the vendor five years ago
• Benefitted from a light restoration recently

Weighing as much as the 500cc model from which most of them were derived, but considerably less powerful, the typical British 350 of the 1950s was not likely to be anyone's first choice as a fast sports bike. Rather, these honest, workaday mounts were chosen for other reasons, chiefly their inherent strength, dependability, and economy. Associated Motor Cycle's offerings in this important market sector were the Matchless G3L and AJS Model 16, models identical in all essential respects, tank badge and magneto position excepted. Testing one of these stalwarts in 1961, Motor Cycling recorded a modest mean top speed of 76mph but found that when toured at a relaxed pace across country, an excellent 86 miles per gallon was achievable. Although limited, Motor Cycling's experience confirmed that such a machine was light on the pocket, "both for running costs and for the equally important, though less easily assessed, maintenance/repair factor".

Owned by the current vendor since June 2014 and by the previous keeper since July 2002, this G3LS benefits from recent light restoration and is described by the owner as in generally excellent condition. Last ridden in July 2019, it requires an additional 100-or-so miles to be run in. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate.

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  • 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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1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS Frame no. A53985 Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189
1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS Frame no. A53985 Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189
1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS Frame no. A53985 Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189
1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS Frame no. A53985 Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189
1957 Matchless 348cc G3LS Frame no. A53985 Engine no. 57/G3LS 34189
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