Meet The Ex-South African Champion 'Beppe' Castellani 1955 Matchless G45

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 1

Since the beginning of the company’s history, racing was an essential piece of their DNA. Matchless was the trademark name of Collier and Sons, established by Henry Collier and his children Charlie and Harry, the last two later ended up being exceptionally gifted racers in their own particular right.

Matchless was one of the world's first bike makers – they began in 1899 when even car was an uncommon sight and the mind larger part of mankind was all the while getting around individually with their two feet.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 2

Since the beginning of the company's history, racing was an essential piece of their DNA. Matchless was the trademark name of Collier and Sons, established by Henry Collier and his children Charlie and Harry, the last two later ended up being exceptionally gifted racers in their own particular right.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 4

The Matchless G45 was first released in 1951 at the Manx Grand Prix steered by Robin Sherry, he brought the bicycle home in fourth place in an extremely encouraging presentation for another model.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 7

That said, it wasn’t quite all new, being somewhat based on the AJS 7R but with a new highly-tuned Matchless G9 roadster engine fitted amidships.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 8

The Matchless G45 took a predominant win at the Senior Manx Grand Prix in 1952, driving the race from beginning to end and causing no little measure of dismay among alternate contenders.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 3

Production line models should be permitted, yet Matchless immediately declared that the G45 would be accessible for an open deal from 1953 onwards.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 6

This rare Matchless G45 was commissioned in 1955 and went immediately to South Africa. It is believed to be the bike that was extensively raced by one Borro 'Beppe' Castellani, a seven-time South African road racing champion (race # 80), over the winter of 1957 into 1958.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 5

Luckily, the Matchless survived the interceding decades. It's presently fitted with two Amal 930 Concentric carburetors, and additionally a Lucas rivalry magneto, an SS cam, and an oil channel in the retunr line.

The 1955 Matchless 498cc G45 Motorcycle 1

It profits by the fitment of an AMC 4-speed gearbox with Newby dry grip and chain essential drive, and it has a front fork stabilizer, and Akront combination edges fitted front and back. For more information about this antique racing car, you can go to the listing company by the name of Bonham here.

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