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Old 03-17-2008, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1955 Matchless G80CS

I don't know much about this brand, but would this 1955 Matchless G80CS in running condition be worth $3000?

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Old 03-17-2008, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hard to tell from that little photo, but if runing well, with title, I'd say YES.

Is this the same one from BritBike.com?
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The bike appeared on the Richmond, VA craigslist this morning. Alas, the posting has been deleted by it's author, which implies that it has been sold.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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1955 Matchless G80CS

It is now in my possession. Truly a 20 footer. Starts easy and pulls strong, but is losing way too much oil right now. Many non-original parts, but 85% there. I could license it tomorrow, because I took it out for a short ride today. I'm happy.

I believe it has the competition engine, and aluminum fenders, but I'm still a newbie. It did come with title, original owners manuals, repair manuals, and hardbound book on Matchless engines, plus documentation on everything done to it. Was parked in 1960, and found in 2006.



Have become a new member because I just picked up a barn fresh '71 TR6R a few weeks ago. It is awaiting restoration. This Matchless just fell into my hands and I couldn't pass it up. I may just have to give up the Tiger. Darn.

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That's a pretty nice find. I definitely have room for that in my garage
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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JeffM,
Congratulations on your "new" Matchless.
I'm curious (or dumb), but what did you mean by "Truly a 20 footer?"
Good luck.
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P.S. I looked up "20 Footer" in the Urban Dictionary. Is this what you meant?
http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...term=20+footer
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JeffM,

Congratulations on your "new" Matchless.
I'm curious (or dumb), but what did you mean by "Truly a 20 footer?"
Good luck.

GREG
It looks great from 20 ft away, but when you get close you start to see things that make you wonder, "what were they thinking?". The rear fender is bobbed. The left side battery/storage box is gone. A new chrome brakelight switch is glaringly evident on the left side. I don't think the oil tank is correct either. The seat is new, but the pan doesn't line up with any bolt holes in the fender, etc, etc.

Given all that, considering what it looked like 2 years ago, I'd say the last owner did a heroic job to get it this far.

I'm learning though. Almost broke my ankle today trying to start it and not using the compression release properly. I am such a neophyte at British bikes the one up and three down shifting still has me laughing.

Guess I need to find a Matchless forum to find guys to help keep me straight. I'm open to all knowledge and suggestions too. I'm sure there are quite a few very knowledgable guys in this crowd who know Matchless bikes too. I hope to meet a few.

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Of course, http://www.britbike.com has a Matchless section.

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