1959 Matchless 650cc For Sale
Sadly my G12 has had to become an abandoned project so included in the sale will be the parts to complete the assembly.
The previous owner originally built the bike in the style of a 60's street scramble, hence the aluminium tank and mud guards (with correct AMC supports) referred to on the parts list. Prior to the last ride he forgot to turn on the oil supply valve causing the engine to suffer a failed con rod that wrecked the crankshaft and engine cases, which is how I purchased it. Eventually I managed to source a complete 59/G12 engine that had been built with the later Nodular crank, flat top pistons and cylinder heads which, as a precaution, I dismantled for inspection. A few weeks before purchasing that replacement engine I'd already located an assembled earlier crankshaft complete with its connecting rods and center bearing plate, its appears to be in good order that I'd initially planned on building that into a pair of good crankcases (once I'd found some), given that crankshaft assembly is no longer required, it will come with the other parts on the parts list. If you study the pictures you will see the "rolling chassis" is in a very good condition, the wheels where rebuilt about 3 years ago, fitted with new tyres, plus chains and sprockets along with the rear shocks so virtually all the work has been done. My plan had been to end up with a standard 1959 G12 with a 1959 engine complete with factory upgrades and improvements. i.e that Nodular crank, flat top pistons and the revised cylinder heads which would of been factory fitted to the later engines.
Once the engine has been assembled with the new big end shells, piston rings, gaskets and either the original distributor or the magneto I've had rebuilt, all of which are present, once installed in the frame, (probably 2 days work max), having known and ridden this G12 a few times before its engine problem the next owner will end up with a really nice presentable and usable bike as the gear box and clutch are good, so no known faults waiting to surface. Repainting then re-fitting the standard headlamp cowl plus lens, the rear light and number plate assembly will finish it off and the bike plus associated parts can be viewed taking the necessary distancing precautions needed during this unpleasant pandemic.
The parts listed, most of which are not needed for re-assembly will come with the bike, so if your familiar with AMC machines you'll know the parts alone are probably worth in excess of £1000, the aluminium fuel tank alone was over £300 with the Magneto overhaul costing £350. I'm reluctant to sell the parts off separately, so please no inquiries for parts as I intend to give the next owner the option on what they would prefer to keep or use on some hard to source parts.
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