Photo OF Grandad On Matchless G3!

Discussion in 'Vehicles' started by Jonah13, Sep 1, 2021.

  1. Jonah13

    Jonah13 New Member

    Hi All,

    I'm new to the group and wondered if anyone could help point me in the right direction!

    My Dad emailed me a photo he found of my Grandad "Tommy" who was a dispatch rider in WWII and it has a reg number on it! My parents told me, he returned home after the war with shellshock and was never the same man. I'm really keen to find out about the bikes history and would be grateful of any help. Ultimately, it would be great to know if the bike is still in existence and who ownes it, possibly purchase it, but I think thats a bit fancyful as I'd need to get a motorbike licence!

    Anyway, I've attached a photo of my Grandad, proudly sitting on the bike with reg no. C63949 and any help in advising where to get more information would be very much appreciated. I think it's a Matchless G3? Tried FOI via MOD, but they advise pre-their records??

    Finger crossed and Stay Safe.

    Grandad Tommys WW2 Bike.png

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  2. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    It's a Matchless G3/WO...The earlier wartime Matchless based more on the pre-war model...distinct from the later G3L with telescopic forks.

    C63949 was part of contract C5247 for 4000 machines delivered to the RASC depot at Feltham commencing November 1939. It would have had a frame number between 845 and 4844 and an engine number between 40-G3WO 3862 and 7861.

    Unfortunately, there was no fixed link between numbers on these early-war RASC was the 363rd serial number but that doesn't mean it was the 363rd frame number...dozens were delivered each day and no attention paid to sequence....Logically, a frame number somewhere around 1200...but it's a guess.

    There aren't all that many survivors of these early-war bikes....most went through several rebuilds and lost their identities. They do come onto the market from time to time. Unfortunately the 'powers that be' have made it quite difficult to obtain a licence to ride one of these 20 bhp rocket-ships...the full Compulsory basic training and testing...and once you've done all that, you'll have to un-learn changing gear with the left foot and learn to do it the proper way !:)
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