1914 ALLDAYS 2½HP 'MATCHLESS'
Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 207
Year : 1914
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : OA 2999
Chassis No. : # M4098
Engine No. : # 0943
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

A firm that could trace its origins as far back as the 17th Century, the Alldays & Onions Pneumatic Engineering Company of Birmingham built its first automobile in 1898 and its first motorcycle in 1903. Car production ended around 1918 but that of motorcycles continued until the late 1920s. Early and late types were marketed as Alldays but from 1915 to 1924 the firm's products were known as Allons. The bulk of production consisted of the 293cc (2¾hp) Allon two-stroke. Introduced shortly before the outbreak of WWI, the Allon was one of the first British machines to feature a sloping top tube, post-WWI versions being among the earliest to adopt saddle tanks. Prior to the Allon's introduction, the firm also offered the 'Matchless', a lightweight powered by a 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine; single-gear, direct-drive and two-speed versions were available.
This direct-drive Alldays Matchless had been in dry storage for some 15 years before being restored recently to a good standard. Original parts were retained, the brightwork being re-plated (in nickel) and all cables replaced. Now running and ready for the road - it was last ridden in August 2016 - the machine may require further 'fine tuning' before regular use. An ideal Pioneer Run or Banbury mount, this rare Alldays lightweight is offered with a Pioneer Certificate and VMCC dating document. A spare engine, crankcases, crankshaft/con-rod, and carburettor are included in the sale.