MYSTERYMAT­CHED

Real Classic - - Letters - Chris Roberts

In RC191, Paul Roberts was ask­ing about a bike in a photo with his great-grand­fa­ther. It is a Match­less 8B/2 of ap­prox­i­mately 1915. The bow­shaped front forks, han­dle­bars with a brac­ing bar, tool box on top of the tank and gear change lever ar­range­ment are all fa­mil­iar to me.

Twenty years ago I car­ried out the restora­tion of a sim­i­lar Match­less, but had to sell it a few years go. Mine had a Vick­ers ma­chine gun on the side­car chas­sis and an 8hp JAP V-twin en­gine. It now re­sides in Bov­ing­ton Tank Mu­seum.

I hope this helps to solve the mys­tery.

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