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Lot 501: 1951 Matchless 350cc Trials Registration no. PPG 258 Frame no. 2509 Engine no. 51 G3L 6459

An Important Sale of Pioneer, Vintage and Collectors' Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia

by Bonhams

April 29, 2007

, United Kingdom

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Description: Using models based on the wartime Matchless G3 military machine, AMC dominated the UK trials scene in the immediate post-WW2 years. Stars such as Hugh Viney and Gordon Jackson riding for AJS and Artie Ratcliffe and Ted Usher for Matchless won countless national events, while clubmen everywhere favoured the Plumstead marques? products more than those of any of their rivals. Important steps in the evolution of AMC?s trials models included revised steering geometry, alloy cylinder barrel and ?head, and a lightweight all-welded frame. Introduced for the 1954 season, the latter remained rigid at the rear despite evidence that a ?springer? worked better. In the event, AMC?s first attempt at a sprung frame was not an outstanding success, but the much-revised chassis of 1958 worked much better and was further improved by a switch to shorter rear dampers in 1961. And although a 500cc model was offered until the early 1950s, the works boys always favoured the milder and more easily managed 350, as did the vast majority of customers. In the current ownership for the past ten years, this classic ?rigid? AMC trials iron has been used for green-laning and the occasional Arbuthnot Trial. The machine is offered with sundry parts invoices, two expired MoTs and Swansea V5 registration document.

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