c.1953 Matchless G45

Ex Malcolm Clark


At the 1953 Senior TT, eleven G45s went for the start and four reached the finish line, the following year brought a similar scenario, with 10 finishers from 14 starters. The G45 was superseded by the G50.


This G45 has been in the ownership and raced very successfully by the well-known classic racer Malcolm Clarke. Meticulously maintained to the highest standards and came into the current owners ownership after having known Malcolm personally for over the past 20 years, and mentioned on several occasion when they used to meet up at various classic races events, that, he would give the current owner first refusal of the G45 when Malcolm finally hung up his leathers. Reluctantly now or sale due to pressure from his grandchildren’s’ housing needs. Malcolm Clark’s favourite track was Brands but he used to do rather well at the Goodwood revival on this bike.  The photo showing the G45 in action with Malcolm aboard was taken at the Goodwood Revival.


This G45 can only be described as in pristine race condition and has been prepared for the coming season, undergone a complete engine and gearbox overhaul including a very important modification to the rocker box oil feeds. The original crankcase have been replaced due to deteriation of the magnesium, so there are no engine numbers, A 5-speed gearbox, housed in a period style Burman housing completes the package.

Matchless G45 In most cases, the Reynolds Tube Co number represents frame number on G45’s The RTC number 80/7/56 on this frame means it was batch no 80, the date of manufacture, the 7th month, 1956. This G45 is ready to race for the forthcoming season also b a worthy addition any serious motorcycle collection,


The chance to buy a Matchless G45 very seldom comes along, this is a unique opportunity is not to be missed, with less than 80 G45’s being produced over a 3-year period from 1953 to 1956, now with only a handful of genuine G45’s in existence makes this bike a great investment that will only go one way.


ESTIMATE £38,000- £45,000

Auction The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show
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lot details

Lot Number 370
Registration Number TBC
Chassis Number TBC
Year 1953
Make Matchless
Model G45

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