The Matchless Model X was a motorcycle manufactured between 1929 and 1940.
Developed for V-twin enthusiasts with a specially reinforced rear frame for heavy-duty sidecar work. There were yearly modifications and in 1937 the Model X was completely redesigned as a fast touring motorcycle, having been upgraded and rebranded as the ‘Sports Tourist’, with a shorter wheelbase frame which improved road holding and steering.
The newspaper 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 it did “not become so light as to necessitate-use of the damper.” Performance of the 60 cubic inch (990 cc) 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, a feat which at the time was outstanding. The Model X was considered the motorcycle with the best balance between performance, comfort and driving pleasure.
Production of the Model X ended with the outbreak of World War II.
From the late’30s, Matchless started to produce an engine with overhead valves: the most performing twin- cylinder of that period, mounted in series not only by Matchless, but also by other renowned companies, such as Brough Superior and Morgan.
The Model X is still considered an icon today and the few pieces still available on the market are sold for very high sums.