27th Mar, 2024 13:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 273

1989 Matchless G50 Metisse
Well-documented machine

Sold for £8,510

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: Unregistered
Frame No: 8/72 1204R (Not visible)
Engine No: 66R (Not visible)
CC: 496

  • Built-in 1989 by the late owner
  • Amazing handwritten documentation over the years
  • Raced with success
  • Complete with a host of spares

The bike was built/assembled in the autumn/winter of 1989/1990. The build comprised a brand new G50 motor from Rutter Engineering, a second-hand Metisse rolling chassis with disc brakes front and rear, and genuine Metisse forks. The rolling chassis was disassembled and delivered to Pat French at MRD Metisse in Bristol and was modified to accept the G50 motor. An AMC gearbox was obtained and fitted with 5-speed Quaife internals along with a racing end cover. A Bob Newby clutch and primary drive were also purchased. The machine was then used from 1990 to 1992 unaltered at the Manx Grand Prix and in the UK.

Rebuilt and upgraded for competition use between 1993 and 2011, the machine was used on the TT course, the MGP, before being last used at a Mallory Park test day in 2011.

We are grateful to the vendor for the following:

“The machine was rebuilt for the 1993 season by my father (who kept detailed records of his builds) and I recorded my first ever 90 mph lap of the TT course on a classic single in that year.

In 1994 after a practice week engine rebuild (broken crankpin) I managed to complete the race at an average speed of 90.15 mph (not too shabby for a 6’6” bloke with no skill and weighing 16.5 stones).

In 1999 after two more crankpin failures my father ordered and fitted a one-piece crankshaft manufactured as a one-off from Dave Nourish of NRE Engineering, Dave was a friend of my father.

In 2001 a Mick Taberer drive side main bearing conversion kit was fitted which according to my father’s records included INA needle roller bearings.

The engine’s last complete rebuild was in 2007 when a new liner along with piston and rings, main bearings, and big end shells were fitted the bike was then used at the 2008 MGP.

Following the race in November 2008 the top end of the bike was stripped and rebuilt by my father, the bike was last used in July 2011 at a Mallory Park test day.”

We are advised the lot will include numerous spares, spare PAL mag, pistons, bearings, sprockets, brake discs, fork tubes, transponder, flywheels, suits rev counter, etc.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Davis
07718 584217


Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 27th Mar, 2024

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