Matchless G12


MATCHLESS G12 BACKGROUND
Just prior to World War II, Triumph rocked the world with their seminal 500 Speed Twin, but the world had to wait for the war to end before the rest of the industry would have a chance to catch up. At war’s end, BSA was first to respond with their own 500cc vertical twin, the 1946 A7. Norton was next, followed by Matchlessfollowed in 1949, Norton with the Model 7, and Matchless with their G9. Of course, every Matchless came with a matching AJS back then (and they called them “Matchless”), in this case the AJS Model 20. Triumph being the first one to the party, they were also the first to start upping the ante in the horsepower-wars. In 1950, they bored and stroked out their own 500 to make the world’s first Triumph 650, the 6T Thunderbird, and most of the rest of the industry followed suit the best they could. Matchless and AJS countered in kind, bumping their 500’s displacement up to 650cc in 1958, along with new names, the G12 and the AJS Model 31. These were followed in turn by a larger version still, the 750cc Matchless G15 and AJS Model 33 in 1963. AMC actually built a very good twin that, on paper, compared well with the popular twins from Triumph, BSA and Norton. But the big sales they were hoping for, and so desperately needed never materialized. By 1967 the AMC empire was crumbling. Only Norton survived.


Matchless G12 YEAR-BY-YEAR

1960 G12
646cc air-cooled parallel twin
Sister bike: AJS Model 31


1961 G12
646cc air-cooled parallel twin
Sister bike: AJS Model 31


1963 G12CS
646cc air-cooled parallel twin
Sister bike: AJS Model 31


1964 G12
646cc air-cooled parallel twin
Sister bike: AJS Model 31


1965 G12CSR
646cc air-cooled parallel twin
Sister bike: AJS Model 31


1966 G12
646cc air-cooled parallel twin
Sister bike: AJS Model 31
Last year of production, as AMC collapses around it.



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