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LOT 492

1932 Matchless 997cc Model X Registration no. GX 930 Frame no. 2018 Engine no. X3 3031

Sold for £21,275 inc. premium

1932 Matchless 997cc Model X
Registration no. GX 930
Frame no. 2018
Engine no. X3 3031

• An older restoration
• Matching numbers
• Requires re-commissioning

Founded by the Collier family in Plumstead, South London, Matchless built its first motorcycle in 1902, soon gaining worldwide recognition when a JAP-engined model ridden by Charlie Collier won the single-cylinder class of the first ever Isle of Man TT race in 1907. Further wins TT followed in 1909 and 1910, cementing the marque's reputation for sporting prowess. As well as sporting singles, Matchless offered v-twin 'sidecar tugs' from its earliest days and from 1914 concentrated exclusively on this type of machine. Production of these MAG-engined models resumed after The Great War and continued into the 1920s despite the presence of a more modern Matchless-engined rival in the range. Designated 'X/2' on its launch in 1925, this 982cc sidevalve v-twin would remain in production until the outbreak of WW2, its engine being supplied to Brough Superior for use in the SS80 from 1935 onwards. While lesser models came and went, the stately Model X remained a fixture of the range, progressively updated, until 1940. The most significant upgrades along the way were introduced for 1937 when the Model X adopted a shorter frame, restyled fuel tank and front-mounted magneto.
Restored some 20-plus years ago, this matching-numbers Model X comes with an old-style RF.60 logbook, issued in 1962, which shows that it was formerly attached to a sidecar, like so many of its kind. The last keeper listed therein acquired the Model X in 1978 and is understood to have owned it for many years. A relatively recent acquisition by the vendor, the machine has been kept in dry storage and not started, although the engine has been turned over regularly. Re-commissioning to a greater or lesser extent will be required before the Matchless returns to the road. Additional documentation consists of a current V5C Registration Certificate.

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