1957 Matchless G3L, 349cc. Registration number VSM 490. Fra...

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1957 Matchless G3L, 349cc. Registration number VSM 490. Frame number painted over. Engine number 57/G3Ls/35084.
The rigid framed Matchless G3L/AJS Model 16M 350 cc single was developed in 1945 from the military World War II motorcycle. The company also produced an almost identical motorcycle under the AJS name as the G3L with the only difference between the two was that the Matchless carried a magneto at the rear of the cylinder barrel, whereas the AJS magneto was at the front.
In 1953, the models were modernised with a dual seat replacing the saddle and rear pillion seat, it retained a rigid rear frame until 1949, when pivoted rear suspension controlled by hydraulically dampened spring units designed and made by Matchless became available. The difference was indicated by the S (for springer) designation.
VSM was owned by Nigel Lamb in 2007, then Michael Howard in the same year. In 2009 there was an MOT at 47,060 miles. In 2013 Karl Dineen bought it and our vendor 2014.
Today it presents as a very well restored machine and should only require very light recommissioning before road use.
Sold with the V5C, and old MOT

Auction Date:
25th Mar 23 at 1pm GMT

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