frankdamp wrote:I wonder how many people know that the last bike to carry the Matchless badge was a two-stroke.
frankdamp wrote:It was still probably the only Matchless with a 2-stroke engine.
Rohan wrote:No, it wasn't.
Matchless made a model through the late 1950s and early 1960s, called a Pinto.
Its probably related to a Francis Barnett/James, but it was badged a Matchless.
mdt-son wrote:Actually the group's two-stroke engines (designed by italian Mr. Vincenzo Piatti) were manufactured at the London factory from approx. 1958 onwards. Apart from the "revolutionary" (in AMC-parleur) unit engine design, the engine is hardly inspiring.
4 sizes were made: AMC 15T, 17T, 20T, and 25T, reflecting 150, 175, 200 and 250cc cylinder capacity respectively. All are single cylinder motors.
mdt-son wrote:The 15T engine also powered the Matchless Papoose scooter which was one of the factory's several flops.
I think it was axed for 1963.
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