Matchless Matisse

Matchless Metisse 600

January 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

In July of 2013 we were asked by Mr Matt Cosserat to assist him in clearing his fathers garage of motorcycle parts. This consisted of a hoard of matchless and AJS spares. We found four complete frames, seven engines and several AMC gearboxes, plus boxes and boxes of parts.

Matts father was a Matchless enthusiast and had stripped all these bikes with the intention of restoring them. Unfortunately he became ill and passed away before he was able to do this.

Many of the parts were water damaged as they had been previously stored in a open barn. After refurbishment the magority will be able to be used again. It took two full days to sort them into some semblance of order.

It soon became clear that we could assemble at least two bikes which would be of interest and value. The first project the be undertaken was to fit a 600cc matchless single, essentially a Typhoon engine, and AMC gearbox into a 1965 Richman Metisse frame ,which was originally fitted with a 500 Triumph Twin. The frame had to be modified to some extent to give clearance to the engine, and lots of head scratching was required and several 'dry' assemblies needed before we got things right. 

As you can see from the photos the project is nearing completion. It is our hope that the completed bike will be a testament to Matt's father who was a very talented mechanical engineer and designer in his own right.

Tags: Restoration