Matchless motorcycle manufacturer
Harry H. Collier founded in 1878 year of the company, which produced bicycles with simple design and affordable prices. Soon, as do most English bicycle manufacturers, Collier started looking for a more attractive production program. From 1899 of the year, the H. Collier & Sons started (especially thanks to the sons of the company's founder: R. Charlesowi i A. Relationship, who constructed the prototype) produce your own motorcycles, where the Collier brothers competed in races, constituting the best advertisement for a developing brand at that time. Their successful performances have earned them a reputation as invincible, thanks to which they represented England in races on the mainland. Harry Collier on a Matchless motorcycle also took part in the international Coupe Internationale races, held in 1905 years in France, a year 1906 in the Czech republic. The brothers used the rich experience gained in sports events in the famous races on the English Isle of Man. W 1907 Charles Collier took first place in the single-cylinder machine category.
Before the First World War, Matchless motorcycles were fitted with engines from other companies. Completely own models appeared only after the war. The most famous motorcycle is a V-type, two-cylinder engine with a displacement 992 cm3, Silver Hawk with a four-cylinder displacement engine 592 cm3 and overhead valve timing (OHC), Silver Arrow with two cylinders and displacement 400 cm3 and the winning model from Brookland with a two-cylinder engine 500 cm3.
W 1931 Matchless absorbed AJS and has since traded as Associated Motor Cycles Ltd. W 1937 in the year she also bought Sunbeam, which she soon resold to BSA.
During the Second World War, the label produced 80 000 pieces of the famous type G / 3 I. Its advantages are evidenced by the fact, that many demobilized military drivers were looking for this model.
After the war, the James brands joined AMC, Francis-Barnett, Indian i Norton. The AJS and Matchless motorcycles consisted of many identical parts and therefore it was difficult to tell them apart. Following the death of the Collier brothers, the label found itself in financial trouble and struggled to sell motorbikes. In the late 1960s, the company was taken over and reorganized by the financier Dennis Poore. He moved part of the company to Andover and some to Wolverhampton, where the Villiers factory was located. W 1969 Year, the Matchless brand disappeared from the world of motorcycle manufacturers.