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Matchless Model R c.1925 246cc 1 cyl sv


Matchless Model R c.1925 246cc 1 cyl sv

Manufacturer: Matchless

Model: R / 2.46hp

Year: c. 1925
Displacement: 246 cc
Cylinder: 1
Engine type: 4-stroke / sv

Frame number: 3380
Engine number: R4406

Unlike the vast majority of Britain's motorcycle manufacturers, which were located in the Birmingham and Coventry areas, Matchless were based in Plumstead, South London. Early Matchlesses were JAP powered, but in 1912 the firm introduced a 500cc single of its own design. Nevertheless, within a short time it had gone, along with all the other singles, and for the next several years Matchless built only v-twins. Singles were reintroduced in the mid-1920s, the 250cc Model R sidevalve being the company's first model to feature the gold-lined black tank that would characterise many later offerings. Model R production continued into the early 1930s.

This bike is an older restoration. It is equipped with an acetylene lighting set, hand-operated horn, Marelli magneto and a three-speed Sturmey Archer gearbox. The engine is running, the carburetor needs some attention before riding it on the road.