Matchless G3 and AJS Model 16 owners manuals
I’ve been collecting copies of the original Matchless owners manuals for the various G3 models for a while, so I thought it was about time I laid these out in some sort of chronological order. The Matchless G3 model variants covered are the G3, G3C, G3L, G3LC, G3LS and G3LCS. Sadly there are still quite a few years missing from the list, but perhaps you might have some of the ones currently available and could please get in touch? See the bottom on this page here for more details if you can help.
I have also included a list of the instruction manuals for the AJS Model 16 variants in the table below as these are pretty much the same as the equivalent Matchless G3 model of the same year. So where a Matchless manual isn’t available for a given year, the AJS version can usually be used as a substitute (and of course also vice-versa). The AJS Model 16 variants covered are the 16, 16M, 16MS, 16MC and 16MCS.
Many of the manuals also cover additional Matchless and AJS models in addition to the G3 and 16 ranges and these model numbers are given in brackets in the table below. In addition to the normal civilian instruction manuals provided with every new bike, there is also a further table below that which includes a few handbooks and technical guides produced by various different armies who also made use of this motorbikes.
This page includes the following sections:
- Owners maintenance manuals and instruction books
- Army manuals and technical guides
- Help to fill in the missing years
- Further resources and credits
Maintenance manuals and instruction books
These are the standard owners ‘maintenance manuals and instruction books’ produced by teh Matchless and AJS factories and supplied with all new bikes.
Can you help fill in the blanks please?
Army manuals and technical handbooks
These are additional manuals, instruction books and technical handbooks produced by various armies and war offices for the Matchless motorbikes which were in common military service.
|Year||Description / Models|
|1940||G3WO Manual for G3 with British
War Office modifications
|1949-56||G3 Dutch Army manual
covering 1949-51 and 1956 models
|1953||G3L German Army technical handbook
Filling in the missing years
Can you help fill in the blanks please? If you have copies of the Matchless or AJS owners manuals for the years where it currently says ‘Not available’ in the table above, then please get in touch with me using the contact form below. Similarly, if you have a clearer or better quality copy of one of the manuals I already have listed then I would also be grateful if you could please get in touch.
Hopefully with your help we might soon have a complete list of the owners instruction manuals for all years for the Matchless G3 and AJS 16 models.
Further resources and credits
I have collected the various documents listed above from various sources on the internet. These documents are all long out of their copyright period and so are made available for free download and use by all. Please don’t take advantage by trying to flog them to others on other forums and auction sites – that’s not really in the spirit of those who have produced these electronic versions for the benefit of all! Please let others know that these manuals are available here free-of-charge, especially if you come across people trying to charge money for them.
These manuals are of course only a small collection of the vast amount of Matchless and AJS literature and documents which are available online. The biggest and best resource is “The AJS and Matchless Archives” (more commonly referred to as “Christians Archives” after its creator). This website contains a vast amount of material including lots of different manuals, spares lists, promotional material, catalogues, photographs, exploded diagrams, and so much more. Best of all, Christian makes it available to everyone completely free of charge!
Any manuals you can send me to fill in the blanks in the tables above will also be forwarded on to Christian (if that’s ok with you!) for inclusion in his main AJS and Matchless archives.