1957 Matchless 593cc Model G11
Triumph’s success with the small to mid-sized vertical twin-cylinder engine architecture caught on with rival companies in the post-War environment, from companies as far apart as Indian and Matchless/AJS, or Associated Motor Cycles, as they were kown. Entering the race in 1949, Matchless introduced the G9 with sister company AJS’ Model 20. Their very robust and silky-smooth engine design featured a unique center main bearing.
By the mid-1950s, capacities were enlarged to 550cc and then 600cc with the release of the G11 model from Matchless and Model 30 from AJS. An intermediary model, while the 650cc G12 was developed to take on Triumph’s Tiger and new Bonneville, the G11 was only available from 1956 until 1959.
The G11 featured an all-new frame with a more pillion-friendly longer seat, a full-width front brake, while the excellent AMC gearbox – also fitted to Nortons including the Manx – was phased in during the first year.
The motorbike offered
The second-year 1957 Matchless 593cc Model G11 on offer here hails from a discerning Southern California car collector, who simply couldn’t resist this wonderfully presented machine. Owned for a few years, the bike was purchased as viewed and has remained on static display in that time. As such, it will need re-commissioning before returning to regular road use.
Fully rebuilt, meticulous attention was given to every aspect of the restoration, with correct finishes and quality paintwork throughout. The odometer reads 16,348 miles, which is believed to be original to the bike in its 65 years.
A lovely restoration on a rare machine, this G11 offers a great opportunity to acquire a talking-point to any collection.