c.1942 Matchless 348cc G3L Special Frame no. 54283 Engine no. 3L 69238

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Lot 632N
c.1942 Matchless 348cc G3L Special
Frame no. 54283 Engine no. 3L 69238

£ 3,000 - 5,000
US$ 3,900 - 6,600
To be sold without reserve
Amended
c.1942 Matchless 348cc G3L Special
Frame no. 54283
Engine no. 3L 69238
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, and post-war the model would go on to establish itself as one of the finest trials bikes of the day. Believed to be an ex-military motorcycle, this G3L has been modified by the Benelli factory, which in the immediate aftermath of WW2 engaged in the rebuilding and sale of other makes. The plunger-suspended frame is particularly worthy of note, being distinctly Italian in appearance. Restored by one of Mr Morbidelli's technicians around ten years ago, the machine is offered with sundry photographs, a selection of reproduction manuals/parts lists, and some photocopied marque-related literature.

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.

Saleroom notices

  • There is a second stamp on the frame: W41G3L/11. Please click the link to view the walkaround video of Lot 632: click here
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c.1942 Matchless 348cc G3L Special Frame no. 54283 Engine no. 3L 69238
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