Also known as the Golden Eagle due to the color of the magnesium engine cases, the Matchless G50 was a racer that evolved from the AJS 7R (the Boy Racer).
Matchless, as part of Associated Motorcycles (AMC) went out of business in ’63, but Colin Seeley bought all the tooling and spares in 1966. He then took the famed Golden Eagle and built custom frames to create Seeley G50 specials.
Classic Bike Guide has a wonderful history on Seeley’s efforts with the G50 – they note that the timing of Colin’s race success dovetailed with the cafe racer boom in the US, so it made sense to build a road bike as well. Colin debuted a prototype at the 1971 London Olympia show. “Converting a road bike into a competitive racer means throwing away everything that is not needed to cut weight and get the maximum performance. Building a roadster from a racer is much more difficult. So much needed to be added or altered – lights, charging system, primary chaincase, dualseat, pillion footrests, speedometer, a stand and of course a kickstarter as nobody wants to bump start a road bike.”
Production bikes obviously traded a little bit of reliability and noise management for outright power, making 45 horsepower compared to the 51 of the race bike. They also utilized a five speed transmission and the visually-striking lack of downtubes on the frame. We highly recommend you check out the Classic Bike Guide story for the full history, but in it Colin notes that “we only sold seven complete motorcycles and three rolling chassis so that people could fit their own engine.”
This example is VIN: MK3C5224R. The seller acquired in 1995 from Team Obsolete in New York.
During his ownership, the seller has covered 10 miles. The odometer shows 59 miles, however true mileage is unknown.
The seller states that this Condor is stock, though it has “been fully rebuilt and restored.”
It is riding on Avon Roadrunner AM20 (front) and Avon Roadrunner AM23 V260 (rear) tires.
The seller states that there are no cosmetic blemishes or known mechanical issues.
The seller provides some photos from a restoration performed in 1987.
The sale includes a valuation appraisal from Rob Iannucci (President of Team Obsolete and founder of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) dated March 12, 1999. In the letter, Rob notes that “this is one of only seven such motorcycles. Each was hand built. At time of manufacture, the selling price ws equal to a good car. This motorcycle has been fully rebuilt and restored. Based on recent sales of one identical example and several similar models, this example is worth at least $35,000.”
Currently located in Greenwich, Connecticut, this Seeley is offered on a clean New York title. Have any questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!
True Mileage Unknown
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.