Matchless G45 GP (1952)
One of only 80 examples ever made. Extremely rare racing motorcycle.
The Matchless G45 was developed in 1951 as a grand prix racer using an AJS 7R rolling chassis fitted with a modified Matchless G9 roadster engine with a new aluminium-alloy cylinder barrel and high-flow head with distinctively finned exhaust rocker boxes to aid in cooling. Over the course of its 1951 to 1957 production run just 80 were built, and approximately half that number are thought to have survived today.
The engine in the Matchless G45 is a 498cc parallel twin cylinder with pushrod actuated overhead valves, twin Amal 9300 carburettors, a Lucas competition magneto, and a 6 volt electrical system. The engine produced approx. 55 bhp, giving a top speed of over 130 mph.
The example we are offering for sale is a rare survivor and in concours condition.The motorcycle comes out of a private collection, and it is the perfect entry for Goodwood Revival or any other important historical race event. The G45 looks gorgeous and event standing still it oozes speed. It will need some small recommissioning to be raced again, or it can be a crown jewel in a world class motorcycle collection.
A Matchless G45 comes rarely on the open market, and finding one in this excellent condition is a bit of a unique opportunity.