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C.1942 MATCHLESS 348CC G3L SPECIAL (LOT 632) SOLD by Auction

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  • £3,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1942
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Price £3,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Matchless
Model G3L SPECIAL
Year 1942
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 28-Jul-2020
Ref C1250725
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


C.1942 MATCHLESS 348CC G3L SPECIAL (LOT 632)
FRAME NO. 54283
ENGINE NO. 3L 69238
The outbreak of war in September 1939 found the British Army ill prepared for hostilities, not the least with regard to its transportation arrangements. The result was the wholesale commandeering of civilian motorcycles for despatch, reconnaissance, convoy patrol and other duties. Almost every major British manufacturer supplied machines to the Army, although these were invariably adapted pre-war roadsters rather than purpose-built military designs. Among the most popular was the Matchless G3, a relatively lightweight and sporty 350cc model that had first been assessed for possible military use in 1933. Updated with a single down-tube frame and telescopic front fork, the 'Matchbox' continued as the G3L from 1941. By the time hostilities ceased in 1945, more than 63,000 G3Ls had been delivered, and post-war the model would go on to establish itself as one of the finest trials bikes of the day. Believed to be an ex-military motorcycle, this G3L has been modified by the Benelli factory, which in the immediate aftermath of WW2 engaged in the rebuilding and sale of other makes. The plunger-suspended frame is particularly worthy of note, being distinctly Italian in appearance. Restored by one of Mr Morbidelli's technicians around ten years ago, the machine is offered with sundry photographs, a selection of reproduction manuals/parts lists, and some photocopied marque-related literature.

£3,000 - 5,000
€3,300 - 5,600
To be sold without reserve

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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