Snowy Mountain Trading Post
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SMTP Motorcycle Museum
Examples of motorcycles that are presently on display are listed below.
 

2003 Indian Spirit 1,500cc Roadmaster 
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      Indian started building motorcycles again in Gilroy, California in 1999. By 2003 they were building Scouts, Spirits and Chiefs when production ended.


1988 G80 Harris Matchless
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     In 1987 Matchless, Norton and Triumph all tried to reintroduce new machines for the world market. Triumph was successful and now have several models in their production line. Norton had a deisel, a rotary and a three cylinder model selling for about $39,000.00 each but stopped production again after three years. Matchless made 108 machines before ending production again. This machine was purchased out of the Dennis Cole Collection in Victoria, B.C., Canada. This machine qualified as a 'Gray Market Import' and it took 3 1/2 years to get it across the USA border. It had to be modified to meet USA DOT and EPA specifications before it was permitted inside of the USA.

1964 G15CS Matchless Scrambler
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      In 1964 AMC Ltd. (Matchless) acquired Norton Villers and used the Norton Atlas 750cc engine and the Norton Roadholder forks on their own 750cc AJS and Matchless models. This machine was available as a Norton, an AJS or a Matchless just by changing the vin numbers, paint and the badges. Later machines of this model had alloy fenders instead of chrome plated ones. This model, the G15 Mark II and the G80CS were the only models available from AMC Ltd. when matchless ended production in 1969.


1967 G15CSR Matchless
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     The production of this model began in 1964 as one of the Norton/Matchless Hybrids. Intended to be a factory production road racer, it was ultimately dubbed the 'Coffee Shop Racer'. Production of this model ended in 1967 with only a dozen machines built that year, only four are known to still exist today.


1964 G12CSR Matchless
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     This picture shows the machine as found. It's restoration is in progress.  


1962 Matchless - Indian G80S Mohawk
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     The first Matchless that I ever saw looked just like this one. I was a senior in high school and would not rest until I had one of my own. 


1962 Matchless - Indian G15/45 "Mighty 45"
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     Matchless produced 200 machines using their own 750cc engine. Half were set up like this one for 1962. The other half were sold in the 1963 model which sported alloy fenders and the tool box and oil tank which resembled the ones used on the 1964 models. In 1964 the 750cc Norton Atlas engine was incorporated into the AJS and Matchless machines.

1972 AJS 410 Stormer
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      This picture shows the machine as found. When AMC Ltd terminated production in 1969 Fluff Brown purchased the spare parts and tooling for the Stormer model and new Stormers are still available in England. Also available in England today and sold under the AJS logo is a sport bike and a dirt bike both assembled in China.

1960 Matchless - Indian Chief
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      This picture shows the machine as found. When Indian stopped production in the USA in 1952 Floydd Clymer took the mark to England where he commissioned Royal Enfield to build Indian motorcycles until 1959 when production and distribution was assumed by Matchless. 400 of these Chiefs were built by Royal Enfield in 1959 but they were marketed by Matchless from 1960 through 1962
1961 Matchless-Indian G80TCS Typhoon
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     The Typhoon is powered by a 600cc single cylinder engine and it was designed by Frank Cooper of Cooper Motors of Los Angeles, California for his raceing team. Frank was the USA west coast distributor of the Matchless/Indians at the time.  This machine was donated to SMTP by Keith Wood.
2000 Gilroy Indian Chief
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      After long and expensive legal battles with a Canadian clothing company over the Indian logo ownership the Gilroy Indians began production on the C M C assemblyline in 1999 and were dubbed 'Harley/Indians' until they started rolling off of Indian's own assemblyline in the year 2000.  Chief and Scout models were available that year.
1965 AJS Model 31CSR
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     After the West Coast Distributorship was taken from Frank Cooper it was awarded to the Berliner Corporation.  Said corporation was troubled with accusations of poor service in providing repair parts and questionable integrity when filling orders for new machines.  Such as, if a Matchless was ordered when none were available in the warehouse and an extra AJS was they might exchange Matchless cosmetics from spare parts and apply them to an AJS or the other way around.  This machine was purchased as a Matchless G12CSR and that is the way it is titled but when I tried to order parts the numbers didn't work until I discovered that it was truely an AJS.  To further confuse the issue the Service and Overhaul Manual for the AJS & Matchless Twins from 1955 to 1965 by F. Neill has all of the model numbers for the two makes of machines transposed on the front cover. Since the AJS mark did not have nearly the fan base in the USA as did Matchless we have ended up with a truely rare example here in the States.
1970 AJS Y40 Stormer
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     This machine is pictured as found.  The Stormers were thoroughbred motocross machines 
and the 250 cc Y40 model won the 1968 British 250 cc Motocross Championship and the very next year it won The French Open Championship competing with machines up to twice its size.
1970 AJS Y50 Stormer
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     This machine is pictured as found.  The Y50 model came in 370 cc and had some changes in gear ratio.