The 1922 Olympia Show.
Solo Models Introduced.
8 H.P. M0DEL.
85.5x85 mm. (976 c.c.); twin cyl. four-stroke; side valves; drip feed lubrication : B. and B. carb.; chain-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 26x3in. tyres. Price: Solo, £115.
H. Collier and Sons, Ltd., Plumstead, London, S.E.18.
To solo riders one of the most interesting machines in the Show is the 976 c.c. J.A.P.-engined solo Matchless. The engine, despite its size, looks extremely neat, the tank concealing a twin top tube an arrangement which adds considerably to the appearance of the machine while the knee grips are secured by concealed screws to the side of the tank. Very heavy mudguarding is employed, with ample clearance between the tyre and the guard. The chain is partially protected, and the wheel hub carries a gear for the speedometer drive.
No less than eight variations of the side-car outfit occupy the stand. They vary from a sports model with a particularly neat form of carrier to the rear of and above the sidecar, to the latest and most comfortable type of touring vehicle, which has a windscreen with a side panel, a cape hood, and every known accessory which could assist or make more comfortable the occupants; it is listed at £175.
Finally, there are two examples of the new 348 c.c. solo Matchless, which uses proprietary components - Blackburne engine and Sturmey gear box - in a distinctive manner. On one the electric equipment is the new Lucas Magdynette.
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