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2008 Rickman Matchless 499cc G80CS MkIII For Sale by Auction

The Rickman brothers - Don and Derek - were already established moto-cross stars when they built the first Mtisse in 1959 and within a decade their company would grow to become one of the biggest and best-known independent motorcycle frame-makers. Having started out campaigning Triumph-engined BSAs, for 1961 the brothers introduced the first Rickman frame, the Mtisse MkIII, which was produced in substantial quantities. It was followed by the more compact MkIV, intended for the unitary construction Triumph T100 and BSA Victor engines, while there were also frames for two-stroke singles and a road racing chassis. Unable to compete with the Japanese factories, the Rickmans gave up frame making in the early 1980s and the rights to their MkIII design, together with those relating to the Rickman name, eventually passed to former moto-cross rider Adrian Moss, who had bought Rickman's stock of parts when production ceased.

This particular machine was built by Rickman Motorcycles in 2008 and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Adrian Moss. The machine is powered by one of the most competitive moto-cross engines of the pre-'65 period: the handsome all-alloy Matchless G80CS. Purchased directly from Rickman Motorcycles, a new MkII fuel tank was fitted in April 2020 and the machine is described by the private vendor as in excellent condition throughout.

This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.


Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am

Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am

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 by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only)


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 using the 'Message the seller' button.


Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.


Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA
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