1955 Matchless G9 500


  •  Stunning restored Matchless
  •  U.K. bike with original registration 
  •  Matching frame and engine numbers
  •  Just 3 previous owner’s since 1955
  •  Extremely low mileage


The Matchless Motorcycle Company were one of the oldest British manufacturers dating way back to 1899. Later, under the AMC umbrella, the Matchless G9 and AJS counterpart, the Model 20, were introduced to the public at the Earls Court Motorcycle Show in 1948.

The 500 twin was quite innovative, and in competition form, proved successful in the hands of the works riders, and indeed inspired the development of the highly tuned and modified G45 race bike which first appeared at the Manx Grand Prix in 1951. 

This handsome G9 touring twin was beautifully restored some time ago and still looks great. There are no details of the restoration but looking at the quality of the paintwork and fitting’s, it was skilfully carried out. Mechanically speaking, the recorded mileage indicates an (unconfirmed) engine rebuild which may have been undertaken around 2009.

This great British ’50’s motorcycle has everything going for it. 



  • U.K. bike registered on the 8th June 1955
  • Original ‘Buff’ logbook present
  •  V5 present (in previous owner’s name)
  •  Non-transferrable registration
  •  Early Matchless Super Clubman Spares List
  •  A paper MOT from 2010
  •  8 tax discs from 2001-2014
  •  No current MOT (exempt)
  • Historic tax status is on Sorn

We don’t have access to a comprehensive history file but the original log book suggests that this Matchless was initially sold by S.A. Coles Ltd in Leyton, London and remained in London with the first owner until moving north to Barnsley, and latterly, Chesterfield in 2013. 

Online MOT records reveal three ‘Pass’ MOT’s with the first being in 2009 with 53 recorded miles, and the last in 2012, at 654 miles, so just 114 miles ago.


  • Restored to an impressive level
  •  Excellent black and maroon factory colour combination
  •  Shining fuel tank with Matchless emblems
  •  Nice Smiths speedometer and Lucas Ammeter 
  •  Undamaged Lucas headlight and rear light
  •  Fantastic ‘torpedo’ side lights 
  •  Decent handlebars, levers and grips
  •  Correct frame and engine Identification stamps 
  •  Comfortable twin saddle
  •  A few chips to the front mudguard
  •  A few decals worn away
  •  Sound looking chrome exhausts
  •  Superb 19” chrome wheels and Maroon paint
  •  Avon Speedmaster Mk II tyres with plenty of tread


  •  500 cc OHV parallel twin with a reputed top speed of 85 mph
  •  Factory compression ratio of 7.7:1
  •  Burman 4-speed gearbox
  •  Amal Carburettor 
  •  Some alloy components would benefit from a clean up
  •  6-volt electrics
  •  Lucas K2F Magneto ignition
  •  Telescopic front forks / swing arm rear suspension
  •  Standard looking drum brakes
  •  The vendor assures us that this bike starts and runs with good compression
  •  Due to recent low miles, some basic servicing is advised


Looking great from every angle, this low mileage Matchless should perform reliably, and with some weekend tinkering and polishing, will make a wonderful shining example of British engineering at it’s best.  


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1955
  • Make Matchless
  • Model G9
  • Colour Black/Maroon
  • Odometer 768 Miles
  • Engine size 500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 4 bidders
  • MJS68 £5,500 02/06/23
  • karen.k•••• £4,500 01/06/23
  • eddy-wr•••• £4,100 01/06/23
  • MJS68 £4,000 31/05/23
  • eddy-wr•••• £3,600 30/05/23
  • MJS68 £3,500 30/05/23
  • BIKE NE•••• £2,000 29/05/23
  • eddy-wr•••• £1,000 29/05/23

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