Matchless G80 500cc 1940 & Swallow single seat sidecar 1937


And now for something completely different. What a delightful outfit we have here in the form of a 1940 7JT Matchless single and a 1937 Swallow side car.

Whereas the Sidecar predates the motorcycle by 10 years, this may actually have been a pairing since the motorcycle was new in 1947 and if not, they have been together for many many years.

Whereas generally this wonderful combination has not been restored and retains its original patina and features, the motorcycle has benefited from some work in the form of a complete engine rebuild in 2014 etc. I have piloted this combination around the lanes of Derbyshire and can say that the newly rebuilt engine of the Matchless G 80 500cc single can show a fair turn of speed on the straits and climb some of the steep Derbyshire hills with ease.

This is a very rare opportunity to purchase something quite different and also in my view quite wonderful. Try find another one for sale anywhere in the world!

It had a complete engine rebuild in 2014 by Neil Fulcher of Kickstart Classic, a well known AMC specialist. This cost £988 (receipt available with list of works done). With additional Magneto rebuild and a Dynamo strip and check carried out cost £350. Both items have behaved faultlessly despite long lay-off periods. It also had a new Amal 289 carb from AMOC spares scheme for £244 at this time. The clutch has also been rebuilt with push rod, bearings and springs. the plates were in good order but were cleaned up. The clutch is light and progressive with no slipping under load.

Since 2014 the bike has covered less than 400 miles, as indicated on the trip meter. During that time, it has had 4 oil changes including 50/50 flushing oil twice (very brief static runs) and two complete engine oil changes. A new oil filter was fitted after the engine rebuild and the oil tank was thoroughly cleaned before the engine was refitted.


Please contact David on telephone number 01246863383.

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