Lot 226 - 1967 Matchless G12
|Odometer reading||32,832 miles|
|Result||Sold - £1,792|
The Matchless G12 was produced by Associated Motorcycles at the former Matchless works in Plumstead, London. Developed in 1958 specifically to capture the potentially lucrative US market, it was one of the last motorcycles made under the Matchless name. It was also produced as the AJS Model 31 by the same company. Designer by Phil Walker knew that it had to be a 650cc but wanted to use as many parts from the Model 11 as possible. The cylinders could not be bored out further so the stroke was lengthened from 72.8 to 79.3mm resulting in a capacity of 646cc. This meant developing a new crankshaft and primary chaincase which also provided the opportunity to add a Lucas alternator.
This late model machine is fitted with a later 1959 engine but the original engine is included in boxes. It also benefits from Norton front forks and brakes, a V5, original logbook of the current engine and original logbook of the donor machine both included. An attractive restoration project combined with some period modifications, this example comes directly from the Brooklands Museum Motorcycle Volunteer Team and if it's good enough for them…
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