Matchless 1913 model 7 770cc 2 cyl sv



Matchless  ca  1913    6 HP   “Model  7”   770cc  JAP  side valve V-twin   engine #  30307

The first Matchless motorcycle was made by the Collier brothers in 1899.  
Manx TT results were very good between 1907 and 1912 for  Charlie and  Harry Collier  and this gave a boost to the popularity of the make.   
In the 1912 line-up   four machines  were fitted with JAP single cylinder power sources,  but the 1913 catalogue  announced only V-twins: “we are convinced that the twin-cylinder engine is far superior to the single-cylinder engine of the same power, and are discontinuing the manufacture  of machines fitted with the latter” it was stated.  
The lightest model  for 1913 was a 3 ½ HP    meant  for solo work, the 7 HP and 8 HP machines were designed to be used with a sidecar alongside.  For the real sportsman there was the coveted ” TT  Twin Cylinder” that had  an OHV engine.
As to transmission and gearing the company offered several choices: direct  belt drive ( fixed or with Matchless Gradua Gear, a Zenith licence) , 2 speed  VS lookalike rear hub with free engine or countershaft gears with  chain drive to the rear wheel. 
This last construction was used on the  new Model 8 and entailed two driving chains to the rear wheel: on the left side the high speed drive chain, on the right side the drive for when the low gear is required.
Our  1913  model 7 bristles with interesting features; note the enclosed-spring front suspension and  the robust Matchless-JAP  V-twin with dual  belt drive to the rear wheel,  a unique design  feature  to prevent belt breakage due to the  torque of the big twin ( or so stated the company). 
The huge lever on the nearside of the tank controls the two-speed hub gear in the rear wheel. 
Inside the hub is an internal expanding brake with  bronze brake shoes. 
This Matchless is an outstanding example of veteran motorcycle technology; the machine is a concourse restoration.  
Accessories include Lucas front and rear lights, Miller acetylene generator, Desmo bulb horn and Jones speedometer.
Regarding the machine’s history it’s worth mentioning that  from the 1950s till the late 1990s this Mighty Matchless belonged to British watchmaker George Daniels (19 August 1926 – 21 October 2011).   
Daniels was a British horologist who was considered to be the best in the world during his lifetime.  
He was one of the few modern watchmakers who built complete watches by hand (including the case and dial). 
But it was his creation of the coaxial escapement for which he will be most remembered. 
The movement, which removed the need to add a lubricant, has been used by Omega in their highest-grade watches since 1999.   
Apparently Daniels was not only interested in watch technology but also in vintage cars and motorcycles,  see  
The machine was purchased by a German collector who was responsible for the meticulous restoration to concours condition.