AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Trevor R’s 1965 Matchless G15 CSR

The G15 series of machines, commonly called Hybrids, was AMC’s reply to the American request for more ‘cubes’ when their own 650cc twin engine failed to stretch to 750cc. The G15 engine, of course, was the Norton Atlas engine, which itself was stretched successfully from 500cc to 750cc for the Dominator range, and then on to the Commando.

The G15 was built from late 1964 to sometime in 1967, in various forms, eg: G15 CS, G15 CSR, and G15 mark II. A very small number of machines,[about 50] were painted blue, and badged AJS being designated Model 33, but they are extremely rare.

The machine in this article was manufactured in 1965, however it did not get on the road until July 1966 when it was sold by Gus Kuhn Motors of London SW9 for the discounted price of £300, of which I have the bill of sale. AMC were in their death throes at the time so dealers were offloading stock, and the retail price should have been £370.14.06.

Fast forward to the summer of 2001 and Albert, our club chairman, was contacted by someone who had this basket case Matchless machine in boxes and carrier bags etc. and wanted it to go to a member who would  put it back on the road rather than see it broken up for spares.  Albert initially spoke to my son Peter, but his garage was already full!!!!!  As I was only about 18 months from retirement, I thought it would be something to do in my spare time!!!!!!!!!

Peter handled almost all of the mechanical work, and I did most of the cosmetic work.  Robin Cowling (Suffolk Wheels) did the wheels, Chris Ginn did the powder coating, and good friend Storm provided some ex-Revetts engine spares.  In the spring of 2003 Jim Lomax came round to inspect the bike because the club dating officer was attempting to retain the original registration number.  It was MOT’d in July 2003, and the rest, as they say, is history.DSC02667-1

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