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Matchless was one of the oldest Britsih Motorcycle brands which operated over half a century from 1899 to mid-1960s. It was founded in 1899 by Henry Herbert Collier at Plumstead, South-East London as a small company manufacturing bicycles, and eventually moved on to producing some of the most well-known motorcycles of the world. Matchless motorcycles, with a winged M on their tank, had a long history of racing success and were widely appreciated across the UK. In 1931, Matchless bought AJS, another very successful motorcycle manufacturer, and by 1938, both Matchless and AJS had become a part of Associated Motorcycles (AMC). In the 1960s, Associated Motorcycles (AMC) faced a lot of financial trouble since their sales were down and the production was still on. Unfortunately, the company could not pick itself back up and went bankrupt by 1966.
Over its 60 years of operation, Matchless introduced a wide range of motorcycle models ranging from basic two-strokes to a powerful 1000cc four-stroke motorcycle. They started with a JAP V-twin powered bike in 1905 and moved on to bigger bikes later on. In 1912, they built a V-twin powered cycle car and in 1930 they launched a narrow-angle 400cc V-twin called the Silver Arrow. Sometime later, they also launched a 600cc OHC V-four, named the Silver Hawk. Following the 1930s, they started giving more attention to models acquired from AJS and released a number of models based on their designs. 1938 onwards, a lot of famous models were also released under the name of Associated Motorcycles (AMC).
Interesting Facts About Matchless
- Charlie Collier, who was one of the sons of the founder Henry Collier, won the inaugural Isle of Man TT race in 1907 on one of Matchless’s models. He had an average speed of 38.21 mph in a time of 4 hours 8 minutes and 8 seconds
- Derek Farrant won the 1952 Manx Grand Prix on the G45 at a speed of 88.65 mph. The G45 was one of the models released under the AMC brand.
- In 1949, Les Graham won the 500cc World Championship on the AJS Porcupine. The Porcupine was built after Matchless had acquired AJS.
Supported VIN CHECK FOR MATCHLESS Models
|MATCHLESS||G||1941 - 1968||4|
|MATCHLESS||X||2014 - present||1|
|MATCHLESS||Silver Hawk||1931 - 1935||1|
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