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Information courtesy of Glenn Roberts
Matchless G80 CS

Date of Manufacture: 1960
Engine Size: 500CC

In 1899 brothers Charlie and Harry Collier joined their father H.H. Collier in his bicycle manufacturing business and started building the first Matchless motorcycles. Charlie won the first ever Isle of Man TT in 1907 and brother Harry won the Isle of Man TT in 1909. Both brothers were also successful at Brooklands. Matchless bought AJS in 1931 and Sunbeam in 1937. The company, now called Associated Motor Cycles or AMC, continued to buy rival motorcycle manufacturers such as Francis-Barnett as well as Norton and James.

The receivers were called in to AMC in 1966 and a new company called Norton-Villiers emerged. Any Matchless motorcycles after that time was really a Norton with the Matchless badge on the tank. The Matchless line of motorcycles ceased to exist after the 1968 release of the Norton Commando.

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