The G-85s were built for competition use only and were different from other Matchless models as follows: Chromoly frame (some say copied from Rickman), fiberglass tank, air box and seat base and G-50/7R magnesium rear hub; 12 to 1 piston, 13/8 GP 2-carburetor, alloy; primary cover, central alloy oil tank.
This 1966 Matchless G-85 was in Kansas until purchased by a friend sometime in the mid-1970s and remained untouched in his collection until he passed away at which time the current owner inherited the bike. Since then the owner has done a complete cosmetic and some mechanical restoration as follows: cleaned and polished the fiberglass tank, side panels, air box and seat, all of which are original; re-chromed the original handle bars; new alloy fenders, front and rear; new British chrome rims with stainless steel spokes, powder-coated frame and components and new alloy primary cover.
Engine, transmission, wheels, etc., were dismantled, cleaned and bearings replaced as needed. Engine has original STD 12 to 1 compression piston and all other parts are, to the best of the owner’s knowledge, original.
Upon completion, this 1966 Matchless G-85 was started and test ridden with no problems.
Clear WA state title in owner's name. Frame, engine and transmission numbers are original.
Factory dispatch book which shows 100 bikes shipped beginning 6-30-66 and ending 7-15-66.