Matchless Motorcycles, first appearing in the late 1890s, winner of the very first Isle of Man TT in 1907 and later producing a number of well known models the G50, the Silver Hawk and finally the G15, finally disappeared in 1969 until 1987, when Les Harris, who was also manufacturing the Triumph Bonneville under license, introduced a Rotax-engined single using the Matchless name.
The rights to the name went under the gavel at a Bonhams auction in April and sold for £40,000 (plus VAT and buyer’s premium) to a buyer from Europe. Rights were for the EU and the UK. Makes a person wonder what someone would do with that. Triumph is back, Norton almost made it, could we see a new Matchless somewhere in the future? Of course, owning the name could mean a Chinese Matchless, too. Yikes! Who knows?