1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280

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Lot 406
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X
Registration no. FAH 155 Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280

£ 25,000 - 35,000
US$ 33,000 - 46,000
To be sold without reserve
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X
Registration no. FAH 155
Frame no. 774
Engine no. 38/X 5280
• Charismatic 1930s v-twin
• An older restoration, subsequently refurbished
• Last run earlier this year

Founded by the Collier family in Plumstead, South London, Matchless built its first motorcycle in 1902, soon gaining worldwide recognition when a JAP-engined model ridden by Charlie Collier won the single-cylinder class of the first ever Isle of Man TT race in 1907. Further wins TT followed in 1909 and 1910, cementing the marque's reputation for sporting prowess. As well as sporting singles, Matchless offered v-twin sidecar tugs from its earliest days and from 1914 concentrating exclusively on this type of machine. Production of these MAG-engined models resumed after The Great War and continued into the 1920s despite the presence of a more modern Matchless-engined rival in the range. Designated 'X/2' on its launch in 1925, this 982cc sidevalve v-twin would remain in production until the outbreak of WW2, its engine being supplied to Brough Superior for use in the SS80 from 1935 onwards. While lesser models came and went, the stately Model X remained a fixture of the range, progressively updated, until 1940. The most significant upgrades along the way were introduced for 1937 when the Model X adopted a shorter frame, restyled fuel tank and front-mounted magneto.

This Model X was not first registered until July 1944 in the name of a Mr Scott of Terrington St Clement, Norfolk. The Matchless changed hands in 1957, passing to one Cyril Crowe of Sandringham, Norfolk, a well-known enthusiast and Vincent specialist. On Cyril's death, the Matchless was inherited by his brother-in-law. Work commenced on a major overhaul and refurbishment: the forks, engine and gearbox being reconditioned; the frame powder coated; all other cycle parts repainted; the tank chromed; and a new hand-made stainless exhaust fitted. Further restoration was carried out in 2000 by the previous owner, while the vendor has had the machine serviced and the electrics overhauled. Used sparingly and only for local trips, the Matchless was last run earlier this year and is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition. Offered with sundry bills and a V5C.

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1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
1938 Matchless 982cc Model X Frame no. 774 Engine no. 38/X 5280
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