1966 Matchless G-85 Competition Scrambler Motorcycle

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The G-85s were built for competition use only and were different from other Matchless models as follows: Chromoly frame (some say copied from Rickman), fiberglass tank, air box and seat base and G-50/7R magnesium rear hub; 12 to 1 piston, 13/8 GP 2-carburetor, alloy; primary cover, central alloy oil tank.

This 1966 Matchless G-85 was in Kansas until purchased by a friend sometime in the mid-1970s and remained untouched in his collection until he passed away at which time the current owner inherited the bike. Since then the owner has done a complete cosmetic and some mechanical restoration as follows: cleaned and polished the fiberglass tank, side panels, air box and seat, all of which are original; re-chromed the original handle bars; new alloy fenders, front and rear; new British chrome rims with stainless steel spokes, powder-coated frame and components and new alloy primary cover.

Engine, transmission, wheels, etc., were dismantled, cleaned and bearings replaced as needed. Engine has original STD 12 to 1 compression piston and all other parts are, to the best of the owner’s knowledge, original.

Upon completion, this 1966 Matchless G-85 was started and test ridden with no problems.





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Clear WA state title in owner's name. Frame, engine and transmission numbers are original.

Valuation Resource Guide



Factory dispatch book which shows 100 bikes shipped beginning 6-30-66 and ending 7-15-66.

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