Can you identify a Matchless Motorcycle’s model from it’s engine number? I would also like a bit of history on it if possible.
Many thanks, Muller.
Thanks for your message. Yes, you should be able to identify a Matchless’ model from it’s engine number, assuming of course that it is the original engine for the bike etc. If you’re engine number is 56/G80S29xxx then:-
– ’56’ is the year (1956)
– ‘G80S’ is the model
– and the rest is the unique engine number.
You can apply for a dating certificate from the Owners Club in the UK (see http://www.ajs-matchless.com/Dating.asp which will give you more information on when it was made, when it was originally sold and on what order.
Hope that helps, James
I have a original UK service manual of Matchless Motorcycles ( Telescopic front), Ariel ( spring fork at front ), Norton ( spring fork at front ) 500CC.Triumh ( with spring fork) 350CC that were used in War days. These bikes had OHV engines, with magneto ignition, and had no rear suspension. It was rigid frame model.
hi can u identifiy my suzuki engine…. *172fmm* ….80566375
Hi Stuart. Sorry, the website is only about classic Matchless and AJS motorbikes so I can’t help with your Suzuki I’m afraid.
Do you have information about a Matchless competition G80 ? with de numbers Frame171057 Engine 5832
Ther are not other numbers on the engine its an originel Matchless.
Thanks for reply
Not something I can help with myself, but I’ve posted your question on the owners club forum and you should get plenty of help and assistance there. Click this link to go directly to the thread:
Hi. I have a v-twin 1930s SV Matchless engine, I was wondering if you could help me date the engine and poss tell me if it came out of a Matchless bike or not as these engines were used by Brough also.
Numbers on engine sprocket side are x2 2146
Numbers on both barrels (hard to make out) are xe 1000
Hope you can help , cheers Paul
For the older Matchless bikes, your best bet is probably going to be the Pre-War guys who have a Yahoo group here:
I’m sure they’ll be able to point you in teh right direction for dating your bike. You might also like to contact the Owners Club dating officer who should be able to look up the details for your engine/bike in the records. More details on this dating service can be found here:
I have a motorcycle Matchless x2 with enginenumber 2147
Hi! I write from Italy and I’ve got a Matchless (bought today!!) coming from arar camp (Ferrara), frame number 353xx engine number 41 G3R E 3218 RL 70
3/533/10/43 7/8 P 209xx.
The machine has been modificated long time ago and I’d like to know what kind of model it is (may you have fotos or anything that can help me to do restoration works). Thank you so much and sorry for my so bad english….
As I understand it, the Matchless G3R model is similar to the G3 except that it originally had roller bearings. Have a search on the Owners Club forum for ‘G3R’ and you will find a number of posts of interest such as this one or this one.
You can find the full info on your bike by submitting all of the engine and frame number details you have to the owners club dating service. They should be able to tell you everything you need to know to start the restoration of your Matchless:
I have what I think is a 350 Matchless engine, There’s nothing else with it and the engine no is 20291 on the ally casing and above it on the iron barrel is W41G3L21. I was told this was an unusual engine by the old boy who previously had it as it has round brass tappet caps? I suspect it’s not but wondered why the number is on the barrel and not the engine casing.
Hi Alasdair. I’d suggest posting up your photos and the details you have on the ‘AJS and Matchless Owners Club’ forum here: http://www.ajs-matchless.com/forum/
There are lots of very knowledgeable guys on the forum who are very familiar with all of the different models and variations, so you are sure to get a good response and lots of information. From the engine number, I’m guessing it’s from a 1941 G3L so that makes it war-time and hence subject to many quirks and variations.
Hi there James,
I have a Matchless/Norton G15CS
Engine G15CS/107551, Frame 110033, G-box MA5976G
Just wondering how I make sure that it has all appropriate numbers.
Should be a 64-65? Also what is with the Atlas reference?
It does have the twin carbs, that are full fuel bowl on one and about 1/3-1/2 fuel bowl on the other, and the C stamp on the head.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Regards, Greg May, New Zealand
Hi Greg. Sorry, I don’t know anything of these Norton-Matchless bikes I’m afraid. The AJS and Matchless owners club offer a dating service where they can check all your numbers against the original factory records and check everything that is correct and original, plus provide additional info on the date of production, test riders, original purchaser, etc.
Have a look here for more info: http://www.ajs-matchless.com/Dating.asp
Hope this helps, James
ive just acquired a ajs 350. engine no 14csr/12349,frame no042296a,in boxes with no paper work or reg plates,can you please help me get a model and a year. cheers
Hi Steve. Your best bet will be to apply for a dating certificate from the owner’s club – see the link in the above reply. This will give you all the info you are looking for, and more besides. From the engine number I would have guessed you had an AJS Model 14, but they are 250cc not 350cc. Regards, James
Hi I just have matchless engine number is 51 G 3 L s 15935 …I dont know much about it …I wana know wich year is it aand how much cc it is ….
Hi Karan. From your engine number, it looks like you have a 1951 Matchless G3LS which is a 350cc single. Please see the above links regarding the owner’s club dating scheme if you need more info. Reagrds James
Does the X stand for anything. if it was a cs would it say cs?
Hi Mike. I’m not familiar with the G12 models – I don’t think the ‘X’ stands for anything but worth posting a question on the Owner’s Club forum and I’m sure other G12 owners will be able to assist. Regards, James
Hi,I have a matchless engine with alloy cylinder.engine number is 22011 and this number is also on the cylinder.At the other side i found number 8177.Can you tell me more about it?regards.Ps sorry for my poor English(Iam from Belgium)
Hi Jean-Pierre. I’m sorry I don’t have any info about your engine, but the dating service offered by the owner’s club should be able to help. Please see my reply a little way up the page for the link. Regards, James
hi i stumbled upon a matchless engine and im completley unaware of what it it is i have everything besides jug and pistons. only number i have found so far is ma5811g any help would be useful thank you
Hi Andrew. I’d suggest posting some pictures on the Matchless owner’s forum here – someone is bound to be able to tell you exactly what you have found. James
Thank you James i will do that ASAP
I am looking at purchasing a basket case and was wondering if you can’t provide any information to me regarding matchless engine number 38/G7 774S. I am struggling to find any information relating to a 1938 G7. Also does the S indicate anything specific.
Hi Suz. I don’t know anything about this model myself, but it would be well worth you posting your question and a few pictures on the Owner’s Club Forum. There is a section especially for the pre-war modes here: http://www.jampot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=24
Hi iam looking at a bike told me it was a 1948 matchless g3l wd350
eng no bw 1343 chassis 30713 any info
Hi Pam. It is well worth joining the Owner’s Club. You can join the forum for free; it would be worth posting up a few pictures and then other members can offer you the advice and info you are looking for. See here: http://jampot.com/forum/ Regards, James
Hi I have a 1958 600cc Matchless the Engine number is 58/G11cs 06345 the Frame number is A81725 and the Gear box number is M 34905. I have owned the Bike for 39 years and have just completely restored it ready for Registration, the Main Roads here require Proof of Origin. Can you help me with a dating certificate? I would also like to send some Photo’s, how do I attach them to my request?
with thanks, Noel McGrath
Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia 4575
Hi Noel. You can apply for a dating certificate through the owner’s club in the UK. All the info is on the Jampot website here: http://www.jampot.com/dating.asp
Can anybody tell me the year of my rm 125 F134 125237
Sorry Jason, this site is about classic British bikes so can’t help with your RM125. Thanks for visiting though!
I have recently acquired a Matchless G80CS with frame # C or G 9328, engine 60/G80CS 3508 and gearbox MA 8263G. I have been advised by the dating service that they do not have the records for 1960 competition machines, can you help me find any information on the bike?
Thank You for your help.
Sorry Richard, I don’t have any information available on this, but would suggest writing a post of the owner’s club forum to see if anyone can shed any light on the matter for you. Regards, James
I have a G3L,engine no is “B 41/G3L 73534”,can you help me find any information on the bike?
Thank You in advance.
Hi , i have just bought a Matchless single , the eng number is
56/18 S 29366, i led to believe that the engine is 1956 , just not sure on the rest of the numbers.
I have 2 x frames with the engine :
1 is 47030
the other is 45030.
Thankyou for your help on this.
I have a G12,engine no is “G12/x9087”,can you help me find any information on the bike?
I have a G12,engine no is “G12/x9087”,can you help me find any information on the bike
I have a G12,engine no is G12/x9087 can you help me find any informatio on this bike
Engine NO: G12/x9087
Can you check my engine number, 61 / G9 52952
I can even send you a picture of my bike.
Hi can you plez help the vin number is not all there but I have the engine number … as far as I have been told it’s a wr 250 1993 model but the guy I got it from was not sure him self… can you plez help engine number is 4DA-006380 thank
Hi, I have a Matchless Motor bike I think 1926, engine no:R/S 8001, can anyone confirm year and have any idea of what it would be worth (I’m from Australia) I can send a picture of the bike
I have a matchless motorcycle,engine number G12/ x9072 can you help me identify what year it was made.parts supplier are asking for year model for parts im buying
I have found an AJS engine stamped 37 4718S 26.
Can this be identified, year, cc, model.
Is there a list of AJS 7R engine and frame info to where the bikes went to or who brought them
Probably a good question for posting on the owner’s club forum! Someone there is bound be know 🙂
hello I’m looking to gain some info on a 53 g9 i have received this bike in a box from a friend who’s passed on so far only know that it is a 53 g9 the stampings on the engine casing is 53 /g9 17121 x. on the frame is 013070 is there any way someone would be so kind as to help me with some history on this bike or steer me in the right direction. as well paint and trim fenders ect are all original paint the frame is dark green fenders are white and side cases ect are chromed . the story i have from his wife is that it was one of 20 that were in 53 in the queens own motor brigade . looking for answers all and any help would be deeply appreciated thank you in advanced
Hi Jon. I would certainly recommend saying “hello” on the owner’s club forum, and posting up the details you have and some photos of the bike / parts. The guys there have a lot of collective knowledge and I am sure will be happy to assist and point you in the right direction. Regards, James
I recently purchased what was advertised as a 1950 G80 however it has jam pot shocks and a 4 stud/spring clutch hub.
None the less I’m happy with the purchase and am working through the usual ‘Prince of Darkness’ issues.
Would like to know the history of this motorcycle i.e. was it built from bits or has it had a G80 motor fitted at some stage.
Engine number is stamped – 50/G80 13689
Frame has two sets of numbers – 01367 and 74683
Any help would be appreciated.
Trying to determine which model engine No. L 4132 would belong to. Any ideas?
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