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Matchless 1929 T3 500 & T4 350

Matchless 1929

MODEL "T/3" 4.98 H.P. & "T/4" 3.47 H.P. SOLO.

The Model "T/3" and Model "T/4" machines proved to entirely satisfactory during the 1928 season that the general design remains unchanged for 1929 Numerous detail improvements and additions to the specification have, however, been made, among which may be mentioned increased ground clearance, stronger fork girders giving greater stiffness for sidecar work, larger steering head bearings, improved shock absorbers instantly adjustable while the machine is in motion, and finger-adjusted brakes. A steering damper is also part of the standard specification. One specification is given for both Models, as they differ only in the size of the engine.


ENGINE. "Matchless" high efficiency side-valve type. "T/3," 498 c.c.; "T/4" 347 c.c.

GEAR-BOX. "Sturmey-Archer" 3-speed, with kickstarter.

GEAR-CHANGE. Gear-quadrant, mounted alongside tank on special frame bracket.

CLUTCH. Latest dryplate type, with handlebar control.

TRANSMISSION. By chain, with "Matchless" patent friction controlled shock absorber.

LUBRICATION. Engine, by instantly adjustable mechanical pump, with sight feed. Cycle parts by grease gun.

IGNITION. High tension magneto, driven by enclosed and automatically lubricated chain, and protected by large shield.

SILENCER. Graceful and effective taper type, with large fishtail.

STANDS. To both wheels, rear stand being ""Matchless" patent spring-up type,

FRAME. "Matchless" trussed frame, with duplex torque stays and duplex detachable tank rails. Integral sidecar lugs.

TANKS. Large and handsome pressed steel saddle tank for petrol only, welded throughout, and fitted with large quick action filler cap. Stove enamelled black, with white cellulose enamel panel and gold "Matchless" transfer on each side, and nickel-plated centre strip on top. Three-point suspended on rubber buffers. Separate oil tank under saddle. Tank

capacity: Petrol, 2 gallons; oil, 3 pints.

FORKS. Heavyweight "Matchless" spring forks, with progressive action spring and improved frictional shock absorbers, instantly adjustable by means of finger-grooved ebonite knob in front of handlebar. Lubricated by grease gun.

BRAKES. Large internal expanding brakes to both wheels, with finger adjustment.

HANDLEBARS. Adjustable for angle, and fitted with rubber grips. Sports or Semi-sports types at option.

SADDLE. Lycett "Aero" Spring Seat, set very low. Height of saddle, 26".

WHEELS. Mounted on steel hubs, with Timken roller bearings.

TYRES. 26" x 3.25" Palmer Flexicord.

CARRIER. Large tubular type, with two pannier tool-bags.

KNEEGRIPS. Included in Standard Specification.

STEERING DAMPER, "Matchless" steering damper, adjustable by means of a neat finger-grooved ebonite knob above the handlebar.

Finished in black, with white tank panels, usual parts heavily nickel-plated, and supplied complete with full kit of tools, grease gun, tyre pump, and instruction book.

Matchless Catalogue 1929