Italian Made – 1940 Matchless G3L

In England, Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

An Italian Matchless? It’s true! The G3L was built by Matchless for the World War II – the British firm ended up producing about 80,000 examples of the model. After the war, Italy’s motorcycle industry (and frankly, all other manufacturing sectors) were in a state of disrepair. ARMA was a Matchless/AJS dealer in Milan that thought they could stand out by snatching up some G3L’s and restyling/adding rear suspension to it.

ARMA apparently made each bike to customer specifications, so it’s highly likely that no two were the same. For more on ARMA and their relationship with Matchless, check out this profile on Sheldon’s EMU. According to the seller, just 30-40 examples of ARMA Matchless bikes still exist today.

This example is highly original though the carb and muffler have been replaced. It runs though it leaks some oil. The seller has ridden it for just 10 miles. Find this ARMA Matchless for sale in Mims, Florida with bidding up to $2,025 and the reserve not yet met