matchless 350 G5

Information relating to the Matchless G5 or AJS Model 8 350cc Lightweight
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:41 am
Location: kent

matchless 350 G5

Postby matt cooke » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:09 pm

Hi

Can anyone help please ?

Trying to find out how many matchless 350cc G5 were built.
& how many are around.
Also how much is a good price to pay for one.

regard's

Matt

Committee
Online
User avatar
Posts: 8233
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 1990 12:00 am
Location: ESSEX UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby Rob Harknett » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:30 pm

Only made for just under 3 years, they shared the same frame number series as AJS starting 500, so you need to discover the last frame number which may have been recorded in factory records, if they survive. Or to get some idea see what highest number is of and G5 or model 8 surviving. Any advances on 2994 ???? anyone. Has to how many survive? I think you would have problems there from all the owners in the world informing some one of there bike details, trying to find the answer to that question. Club members give details of their bikes. As you are not a member of the club ( unless your membership is not yet showing up ) I guess your own bike is not known to exist by anyone except yourself. Price depends on condition and how complete and original. So check adverts to get an idea of the price asked for AJS mod 8 and G5 Matchless that appears to be as good as your bike is. Not sure if you have G5 or thinking of buying one. If you are looking for one, why not join the club, you could advertise free until you get one. Perhaps get a better deal via a members private sale. There may even be hidden savings that way also, like the bike being in use and ready to ride. That would easy justify joining fee. As it will cost nothing to find a bike + any hidden savings. Like dating, registering, I think M o T is still transferable.

Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:30 pm
Location: NORTHUMBERLAND UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby shifter » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:08 pm

Rob is about right, I bought my Model 8 same as the g5 except the badge through the private ads on this site and I doubt that I could have bought a one as good at the price on the classified's like e bay/gum tree and so on. Your idea of seeing how many were made and are left sounds good but I would say the latter will take some finding out. 9,181
shifter :)
Well its looking like i was a long way out in the numbers game but looking at it these bikes may be quite rare and a collectors item in the years to come shortley.
Last edited by shifter on Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:51 am, edited 3 times in total.
?

Member
User avatar
Posts: 2309
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:02 am
Location: ESSEX UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby Ozmadman » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:55 pm

Rob Harknett wrote: Any advances on 2994 ???? anyone.
7271
Paul
1960 Model 8
1974 Yamaha RD250B US Model 6 speed

Committee
Online
User avatar
Posts: 8233
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 1990 12:00 am
Location: ESSEX UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby Rob Harknett » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:59 pm

So approx. 3000 of each 350 light weights so far going on a frame number, over approx. 3 years they were made.

Member
User avatar
Posts: 1650
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 1990 12:00 am
Location: HAMPSHIRE UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby ajscomboman » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:18 am

Somewhere in the mists of time I recall reading that only approx 3500 350's were made, which for a 2 yr period would be about right.

Committee
Online
User avatar
Posts: 8233
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 1990 12:00 am
Location: ESSEX UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby Rob Harknett » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:04 am

ajscomboman wrote:Somewhere in the mists of time I recall reading that only approx 3500 350's were made, which for a 2 yr period would be about right.

That's not a bad guess Rob. They were made from Sept 1959 ( that's the start of 1960 model year) discontinued July 1962. Just 2 years and 9 months in production. For the first 1960 model year 1736 were produced. Just under half of the 3500 total mentioned. ( Based on frame numbers ) AMC only gave the trade start numbers for 1960 & 61 model years. The 250 CSR started production in May 1962, perhaps that model was to replace the 350 lightweight, which was discontinued 2 months later July 1962.

Member
User avatar
Posts: 2309
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:02 am
Location: ESSEX UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby Ozmadman » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:17 am

Rob Harknett wrote: The 250 CSR started production in May 1962, perhaps that model was to replace the 350 lightweight, which was discontinued 2 months later July 1962.
probably to capitalize on the learner rider market only being allowed to ride up to 250cc on L plates and compete with the influx of Japanese bikes.
Paul
1960 Model 8
1974 Yamaha RD250B US Model 6 speed

Committee
Online
User avatar
Posts: 8233
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 1990 12:00 am
Location: ESSEX UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby Rob Harknett » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:42 am

Ozmadman wrote:
Rob Harknett wrote: The 250 CSR started production in May 1962, perhaps that model was to replace the 350 lightweight, which was discontinued 2 months later July 1962.
probably to capitalize on the learner rider market only being allowed to ride up to 250cc on L plates and compete with the influx of Japanese bikes.

Maybe Paul if that was the case at the time. Maybe that led to a decline in sales for the 350 lightweight, too big for learners, not tough enough for those wanting a 350 +

Member
User avatar
Posts: 536
Joined: Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:38 am
Location: Chester, UK

Re: matchless 350 G5

Postby clanger9 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:10 pm

According to this file the archives
http://archives.jampot.dk/general/Match ... AJSMOC.pdf
"the last engine number for the 350cc was 3529".

So (assuming they started with 1) that's roughly how many 350's were made...
1966 AJS Model 14 250 CSR "cafe racer"
1993 Ducati 750SS

Next

Return to G5 / Model 8

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest