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Matchless Motorcycles

Matchless Motorcycles of the 1930s

For the 1936 season all single-cylinder engines were vertically situated in the frame, whereas previous models were fitted with inclined engines. The models made for the 1936 season are as outlined in the table below:

Model.

Bore, mm.

Stroke, mm.

Capacity, c.c. Engine

Clubman Models


36/G2

62.5

80

250

O.H.V.

36/G2M

62.5

80

250

O.H.V.

36/G3

69

93

350

O.H.V.

36/G80

82.5

93

500

O.H.V.

Tourist Models


36/D5

82.5

93

500

S.V.

36/X4

85.5

85.5

990

S.V.

G2 models. Basically the same as model F4, made in 1934 (see previous chapter). Coil ignition fitted; Burman four-speed H.P.-type gearbox.

G2M models. The same as the G2 model, with the exception that a magneto was used in place of coil ignition.

Model G3. Hairpin valve-springs were introduced.

Model G80. This is basically the same as the 350-c.c. engine, but the O.H.V, rocker-gear is positively lubricated from the oil pump.

Model D5. This has an improved side-valve engine with detachable cylinder-head. A medium weight C.P.-type gearbox was fitted and is the same as 1934 models.

Model X4. Basically the same as previous models, but with changes in the connecting-rods and big-end assembly. Forked-type connecting-rods were first introduced for this season. Lubrication details for both gearbox and engine are as for 1939 models.



1937 Models


Model.

Bore, mm.

Stroke, mm.

Capacity, cc

Engine.

37/G2

62.5

80

250

O.H.V. (Coil).

37/G2M

62.5

80

250

O.H.V. (Mag.).

37/G3

69

93

350

O.H.V.

37/G80

82.5

93

500

O.H.V.

37/G2MC

62.5

80

250

O.H.V. (Competition).

37/G3C

69

93

350

O.H.V. (Competition).

37/G80C

82.5

93

50

O.H.V. (Competition).

37/G7

62.5

80

250

S.V. (Coil).

37/G5

82.5

93

500

S.V. (Coil).

37/X

85.5

85.5

990

S.V. (Twin).

Dry-sump lubrication is used on all models similar to earlier engines. Side-valve engines have detachable cylinder-heads. A four-speed gearbox with positive foot-change is used on all these machines.



The following table shows the Matchless models made for the 1938-1939 season.

Model.

Bore, mm.

Stroke, mm.

Capacity, c.c.

Engine. Ignition.

38/G7-39/G7

62.5

80

250

S.V. Coil.

38/G2- 39/G2

62.5

80

250

O.H.V. Coil.

38/G2M-39/G2M

62.5

80

250

O.H.V. Magneto.

38/G3-39/G3

69

93

350

O.H.V. Magneto.

38/G4-39/G4

69

93

350

O.H.V. Magneto.*

3K/G5-39/G5

82.5

93

500

S.V. Coil.

38/G80 -39/G80

82.5

93

500

O.H.V. Magneto.

38/G90 -39/G90

82.5

93

500

O.H.V. Magneto.*

38/X-39/X

85.5

85.5

990

S.V. Magneto.

The letter "C" included in the engine number denotes Competition models.

* Special Clubman models.

Sources Matchless by F.W. Neill, 1948




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