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Matchless Models for 1922

1922 Matchless Models.

No Drastic Alterations. New Tandem-seated Sidecar

LITTLE mechanical alteration is being made to the Matchless sidecar model, which has proved so satisfactory during the past season. In tlie suspension of the frame and of the sidecar, coil springs are exclusively used, except for the springing of the front of the body, where the springs are of the quarter-elliptical variety. There have, however, been one or two detail improvements in the sidecar. The spring bearers, instead of running clean through the body, now allow the seat to be lower, and the battery box to be below the level of the floorboard.

A Two-seated Sidecar.

An improvement in the appearance is effected by utilising plated brass beading round the edge of the body.

The principal innovation introduced for 1922 is the double-seated sidecar, in which the passengers are accommodated tandem fashion, and there is a separate, screen for each passenger. The chief interest in this body lies in the ingenuity displayed in the design of the door, on either side of which is a combined hinge and fastener, so that either side may be opened, thus allowing a clear passage to either seat while using the same door. The sidecar is also provided with a collapsible footboard in front, so that the extra foot room can be dispensed with when the front of the body is not occupied by an extra passenger.

We have already referred to the model

A feature of the Matchless double-seated sidecar is the door which is made to open either end. Observe the collapsible floorboard for the front seat.

J sports machine with rigid frame, the engine of which is specially tuned and has aluminium pistons. It is an excellent double-purpose mount, and will be shown at Olympia fitted with a light but comfortable sidecar. Among its special features may be mentioned the clutch, controlled by either hand or foot, a kickup stand clip and a sidecar wheel stand

forming part of the frame holding the sidecar wheel.

There is also a model H sports model with light sidecar and spring frame, 28in. wheels, and a slightly higher saddle position. On this model the tools are carried in the sidecar seat, while in the model J the tool box is fastened to the top tube of the frame.

The Motor Cycle, November 1921