Post Sale Update: After 21 bids on eBay, this Matchless G80 did not meet reserve at $6,850.
Built for nearly 20 years, the Matchless G80 was a big, beautiful 500 single that it’s a great choice for riders who do their own work. Parts were designed to be rebuilt instead of replaced, and of the classic singles, this bike is probably the best supported of them all.
By the time this bike came out, Matchless had already been partnered up with AJS under the parent company of AMC for decades. Compare it to GM releasing similar cars under the Chevy/Pontiac/Oldsmobile brands. The equivalent to this bike was the AJS Model 18. Producing just 28 horsepower, the G80 was never designed to be quick, but it was easy to ride, comfortable up to about 60 miles per hour, and returned excellent gas mileage. Looking for more information? Your best bet is the AJS/Matchless Owner’s Group on Yahoo.
This specific Matchless G80 has spent several years in the current seller’s collection. Black is our favorite color on these bikes, and the seller makes the (fair) claim that this is one of the few classic British bikes currently for sale that you could actually ride without having to worry about expensive services right off the bat.
Find this Matchless G80 for sale here on eBay with bidding at $4,550 in Chicago, Illinois.