1966 Matchless G15CSR

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Post Listing Update: this G15CSR did not meet reserve despite 32 bids up to $8,200 on eBay.


The last few years of Associated Motorcycle Corporation can be somewhat confusing as they combined Norton and Matchless parts to build bikes because money was tight. One example was the Matchless G15CSR, which the author of this period review from Cycle World said “can be described as a Norton Atlas with a Matchless frame; or an Atlas Scrambler with road-going fenders, a big fuel tank, an 18″ front wheel and fat touring tires.” However you describe it, the CSR is a rare classic Brit that was unfortunately too little, too late to save AMC.

As noted by Cycle World, the CSR uses a Norton Atlas 750cc motor. Fed by twin Amal Monoblocs, the motor was good for a claimed 49 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a top speed of 115 mile per hour. The US version of the CSR got slight differences, including Atlas exhaust pipes instead of the sweptback pipes found in the home market. The CSR was introduced in 1965 and it was targeted towards sportier riders with some cosmetic changes like rearsets, lowered bars, alloy mudguards, and a mechanical change of lowered gearing to improve acceleration. For an excellent recap of the G15CS (not the R, mind you), check out this story on Rider’s Domain by Frank Melling.

This example (VIN: G15CSR 1133210) is said to have been given a ground up restoration, and no miles have been put on since. The seller says that everything has been replaced or rebuilt/restored though the gas tank is not a correct CSR unit, it’s from a G15CS. All it supposedly needs now is a rider. From this thread on Jampot.com, you can see that the owner of this bike was restoring it back in 2010 and he had some questions about what the correct size of the wheels was supposed to be. It’s nice to have forums dedicated to the model one wants to enjoy! I can’t guarantee it, but based on the matching non-stock tank it sure looks like this bike was previously sold in 2013 with some of the restoration still left to finish. The asking price at the time was $9,500 or best offer.

Find this G15CSSR for sale in Willington, Connecticut with bidding up to $4,550 and the reserve not yet met

If it helps with valuation, a restored-but-then-used-for-3,000-miles example sold for $11,000 at a Mecum auction in 2014.

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