1946-1969. 498cc, OHV, air-cooled, heavyweight single
▲ Bonhams sold this Bud Ekins restored Matchless G80CS in May 2008 in San Francisco. The price? £16,080. The "CS" stands for "Competition" and "Spring", as in swinging arm. Normally iron engines, the G80 competition bikes are all aluminium. Features include bigger valves and revised cams (all these bikes, and the AJS variants, are fitted with twin cams; one under each pushrod). Later, the 82.5mm x 93mm, 498cc engines would adopt short stroke dimensions (86mm x 85.5mm). Bud Ekins raced these bikes with great success in US desert competitions and made AMC a force to be reckoned with. The high price of this machine reflects the Bud Ekins connection. Note the Magneto in the forward "AJS" position.
▲ Other features on the Bud Ekins restored Matchless include the Lucas rubber battery; "Jampot" shock absorbers; aluminium alloy fuel tank and mudguards; removable headlight and tail light; off-road forks; off-road gearing; a Lucas competition magneto; and a "period correct" Amal Monobloc carburettor (which, we hear, Ekins preferred to the TT/GP types fitted to the production bikes).
£14.99 plus P&P
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