Matchless 1922 Model H/2 996cc 2cyl IOE 3403



Matchless 1922 Model H/2 996 cc MAG IOE V-twin frame # 3961 engine # 2C9 ^ No. 60982

The first Matchless motorcycle was made by the Collier brothers in 1899. In 1907 the Isle of man TT races in the single cylinder class were won: after a second place in 1908 victories were gained again in 1909 and 1910, proving that the machines were matchless indeed. After WW I the company designed a model especially suitable as a sidecar machine, the model “H”. Both JAP and MAG engines were used as power sources, and modern features included electric lighting and coil spring rear wheel suspension. The H designation was used for machines with JAP engine, the H/2 models had the MAG power source. In “The Motor Cycle” of December 1, 1920 we read: ”The Matchless combination remains practically unchanged for the coming season, the 1920 design having given unqualified satisfaction during the last 12 months. One little point we were pleased to note, however, was a material increase in the hub bearings…(…) They are possibly the most massive hubs in the show, and should stand up to the worst possible treatment in this country or any other.” The Model H is equipped with automatic exhaust valve lifter, coupled to the kick start mechanism. The primary transmission is by Coventry silent chain. The 3-speed cylindrical gearbox is of Matchless’ own design. The 996 cc MAG engine is of Swiss manufacture and has bore and stroke dimensions of 82×94 mm. The rear brake is of the internal expanding type and it can be applied by both feet simultaneously; there is a pedal on either side of the engine. The all-metal footboards are of considerable size and the rider’s legs are protected by shields. The foot-operated clutch is positioned at the rear of the left footboard and the machine runs on 28 x 3 tyres.

This sturdily built, impressive Matchless has been excellently restored and comes with Lucas electrics, Cowey 60 mph speedometer, holder for spare spark plugs and claxon type horn.