1941 Matchless 348cc G3L Project Frame no. illegible Engine no. 41/G3L 59964

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Lot 519N
1941 Matchless 348cc G3L Project
Frame no. illegible Engine no. 41/G3L 59964

£ 1,000 - 1,400
US$ 1,300 - 1,800
To be sold without reserve
1941 Matchless 348cc G3L Project
Frame no. illegible
Engine no. 41/G3L 59964
The outbreak of war in September 1939 found the British Army ill prepared for hostilities, not the least with regard to its transportation arrangements. The result was the wholesale commandeering of civilian motorcycles for despatch, reconnaissance, convoy patrol and other duties. Almost every major British manufacturer supplied machines to the Army, although these were invariably adapted pre-war roadsters rather than purpose-built military designs. Among the most popular was the Matchless G3, a relatively lightweight and sporty 350cc model that had first been assessed for possible military use in 1933. Updated with a single down-tube frame and telescopic front fork, the 'Matchbox' continued as the G3L from 1941. By the time hostilities ceased in 1945, more than 63,000 G3Ls had been delivered. An ex-military motorcycle, this incomplete G3L is offered for restoration. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.

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