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Matchless Model J Sport 1922 1000cc 2 cyl ioe MAG


Matchless Model J Sport 1922 1000cc 2 cyl ioe MAG

Manufacturer: Matchless

Model: J Sport

Year: 1922
Displacement: 993 cc
Cylinder: 2 - V-twin MAG
Engine type: 4-stroke / ioe
Bore / Stroke: 82 x 94 mm
Power: 20hp

Frame number: H2940
Engine number: 2C9A 65182

The first Matchless motorcycle was made in 1899, and production began in 1901. Matchless was the trading name of Collier & Sons, the father Henry Herbert Collier and his sons Charlie and Harry. The Matchless tank badge was a winged "M". Like many motorcycle manufacturers of the time, they had started as bicycle manufacturers. They produced a JAP V-twin powered bike in 1905, with one of the earliest swing-arm rear suspensions, coupled with leading-link front forks. Charlie won the inaugural TT singles race in 1907 at an average speed of 38.21 mph in a time of 4 hours 8 minutes 8 seconds. Harry did not finish in 1907, but won in 1909, and Charlie won again in 1910, bringing Matchless motorcycles to the attention of the public. Matchless made mostly singles, but they also made V-twins from 496 cc to 998 cc. They made their own engines from 1912 on. Matchless was not given a contract to make motorcycles for the army during the First World War. Peacetime production resumed in 1919, concentrating at first on V-twins for sidecar use, leaving singles until 1923. In 1926 Henry Collier died, and by 1928 Matchless was a limited company. Matchless engine suppliers were MAG and JAP.

This rare Model J with MAG engine is equipped with a Lucas acetylene lighting set, Brown and Barlow carburetor, toolbox, hand operated horn, foot controlled clutch, three-speed countershaft gearbox (cylindrical gearbox is of Matchless’ own design), automatic exhaust valve lifter, coupled to the kick start mechanism and primary transmission by Coventry silent chain. It´s has been restored with many of love to highest standard.