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AJS Matchless Trials Special

Manufacturer: AJS Matchless
Model: Model 16/ G3
Condition: Very good (4)
Engine: 350cc
Year: 1953
Price: £3,950

This project has spent some time in the workshop and now she's looking and sounding good as new pictures and video will show very soon. No; it's not a C and it's not matching numbers but it is a bit special. Using parts from AJS and Matchless machines from 1947 to 1956 but the frame is a 1953 so that's what we'll call it. The bike has had a host of well engineered mods and the engine and primary are an inch closer together with shortened lower rails to suit as per the original works bikes. Shortened primary cases to suit came from an auto jumble and are either very well made specials or original works items! Lots of other nice hand made touches which have come together really nicely now it's finished and ready for action. It was a big decision to keep the Japanese rear hub, made out of respect for the work that has gone into making alloy adaptors including oil seals to protect the wheel bearings, and we are pleased we did keep it. Front brake works, tank neatly cut down to expose the engine, which has been rebuilt in the recent past and sounds lovely now it's perfectly set up. New sprocket and chain with a tensioner, it all needs some test miles and personalisation. All the hard stuff is done, just fine tuning and personal preferences to finalise but the engine is sweeeeet. And it has miles of ground clearance and the suspension feels really good so it should perform well set up for the right rider. For reference, the frame number is 98579 which was a Matchless G3LS despatched to TC Munday & Co Ltd in Brixton on 9th April 1953 and the engine started life as a Model 18 despatched from the factory on 26th June 1947, now with a 350cc top end.The bike is not road registered but a dating letter is on file and could be used for the purpose of registering for road use with a 193 age related plate.