Flashback. 1961 G-12 Matchless.

1961MatchlessG12Promo03272016Defunct Matchless Motorcycles was created in 1889 by the Collier brothers (they won the first Isle of Man TT Tourist Trophy race in 1907) and is one of the oldest British manufacturers on record. During many years, khaki enamel applied to the gas tank was the only option and the brand color trademark. The featured 1961 G-12 model featured here is a 2-cylinder 646-cc (35 hp) vertical twin that could not compete in term of performance with similar Triumph and BSA 124 models. Sales were poor, a prelude to Matchless (company name “Associated Motorcycles”) failing  and becoming part of a new company, called Norton-Villiers in 1966. (Photo @ Doug Mitchel)

5 Responses to “Flashback. 1961 G-12 Matchless.”

  1. 1 Steal Your Face Apr 13th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I’m not up on British bikes, but I sure like the looks of this bike. Classic.
    Even if Triumph and BSA blew doors on it, it looks nice.
    Horsepower wars have been going on since the beginning. Love that.

  2. 2 nicker Apr 13th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Matchless and AJS had some of the most beautiful engine castings in the Motorcycle industry has ever seen….Perhaps ever will see… 🙁

    True “Industrial Art”…..


  3. 3 Fritz Apr 13th, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Yes, she is a beauty alright.

  4. 4 Sharkey Apr 14th, 2016 at 8:57 am

    From a long gone era of true “craftsmen”…

  5. 5 Blackmax Apr 18th, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Classic, just classic !!!

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