1956 MATCHLESS 348CC G3LS PROJECT
Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 140
Year : 1956
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : SDA 471
Chassis No. : # A46287
Engine No. : # 32441
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 
Property of a deceased's estate
 

Associated Motor Cycles announced its post-war range of AJS and Matchless heavyweight singles in June 1945. Coded Model 16 and G3L respectively, the two 350cc models shared the same 93mm stroke as their 500cc brethren, coupled to a 69mm bore. Housed in a rigid frame with Teledraulic front fork, the rugged overhead-valve engine drove through a four-speed gearbox. Hairpin valve springs were adopted for 1949 and a swinging-arm frame introduced, the latter initially for export only but available in the UK from 1950, machines so-equipped being suffixed 'S'. Sold new via Charles E Cope & Sons of Wolverhampton, this incomplete G3LS was purchased by the deceased (its second private owner from new) in 1962 and has been stored, unused, since 1998. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with its original old-style buff logbook.