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Lot 434: Matchless G3L

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Weighing as much as the 500cc model from which most of them were derived, but considerably less powerful, the typical British 350 of the 1950s was not likely to be anyone's first choice as a fast sports bike. Rather, these honest, workaday mounts were chosen for other reasons, chiefly their inherent strength, dependability and economy. AMC's offerings in this important market sector were the Matchless G3L and AJS Model 16, models identical in all respects, tank badge excepted. Testing one of these stalwarts in 1961, Motor Cycling recorded a modest mean top speed of 76mph (122km/h) but found that when toured at a relaxed pace across country, an excellent 86 miles per gallon (3.3litres/100km) was achievable. An older restoration, this example is offered with French Carte Grise de collection and Certificat de Cession d'un Vehicle (dated 1997).

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number434
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€2400
Hammer Price (inc premium)€2760
Year1948
Condition rating
Registration number2232 SP 61
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number48G3L9076B
Engine capacity (cc)348
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors