Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 105
Year : 1929
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : EP 4441
Chassis No. : # 9813
Engine No. : # R/S 6298
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
To be sold without reserve

Matchless were one of the earliest manufacturers of motorcycles, making their first powered two-wheeler in 1899. They won their first TT in 1907 when Charlie Collier triumphed in the single cylinder race. Charlie had experienced other racing successes before and after that TT, and the Collier brothers discovered that racing not only improves the breed, but also improves sales, as their racing success translated into commercial progress.
EP 4441 was purchased by the deceased owner at an indeterminate time. When acquired, it was complete, but in need of restoration, as evidenced by the photographs in the document file. The owner dismantled the machine, and commenced work, painting the frame and forks, and reassembling them. However, it appears that no further progress was made after that point, and the machine remained in a disassembled state. A second engine, number R1846, accompanies the project. An old road tax disc, expiring March 1949, is present on the broken section of the front number plate, suggesting that may be when it was last on the road. In dismantled condition and in need of restoration, this project is offered strictly as viewed, and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the completeness, or otherwise, of this lot. Accompanying documentation comprises a current V5C, a continuation RF60 buff log book dating from 1945, and the aforementioned old photographs.