Matchless Model X

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Matchless Model X
Matchless Model X 1938.JPG
Manufacturer Matchless Motor Cycles (Colliers) Ltd, Plumstead Road, London
Also called Sports Tourist
Engine 990 cc (60 cu in) side-valve V-twin
Wheelbase 57 in (1,400 mm)
Fuel capacity 2.5 gallons

The Matchless Model X is a Matchless motorcycle made from 1929 to 1940. There were yearly modifications and in 1937 the Model X was completely redesigned as a fast touring motorcycle. Production ended with outbreak of World War II.


The Matchless Model X was developed for V-twin enthusiasts and had a specially reinforced rear frame for heavy-duty sidecar work. At the end of 1936 the Model X was upgraded and rebranded the Sports Tourist, with a shorter wheelbase frame which improved roadholding and steering. The Motor Cycle road tested the Model X in May 1937 and noted that the steering was light but even when cruising at over 60 mph (97 km/h) it did "not become so light as to necessitate-use of the damper." Performance of the 990 cc (60 cu in) engine was described as "delightful" and although not a sportster it was capable of 80 mph (130 km/h) and could reach 70 mph (110 km/h) from a standing start in a quarter of a mile.[1]

Matchless Model X engine

Brough Superior[edit]

In the lead up to World War II Brough Superior began using 990 cc Matchless V-twin side valve engines for their SS80 and overhead-valve engines for the SS100.[2]


  1. ^ Currie, Bob (1988). Classic British Motorcycles of over 500cc. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-083-7. 
  2. ^ "Matchless Model X". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 

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