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Buried beneath a tremendous pile of exhaust parts at a muffler shop in Bakersfield, California, Rob Iannucci of Team Obsolete discovered this machine in pieces. Originally built and tuned by Dick Mann himself, the restoration of this machine was led by Dave Roper (the first American to ever win an Isle of Man TT!) and finally fired up again in September of 2014.

Taking over 10 years to complete, the restoration of this machine was painstakingly attentive to the small details, with a goal of keeping the bike as close to Mann's intentions and design. This Matchless G-50 is an outstanding example of the hard work done to preserve a unique piece of the motorcycling world's history and culture. We absolutely cannot wait to see the G-50 in person.