WOLVERHAMPTON WONDERER

A military motorcycle with inspiration from both Britain and Germany that emerged from a motorcycle company’s tangled history of mergers

The Matchless V-twin displaced 990cc and was of a type more usually found in Morgan three-wheeler cars before World War Two

When sidecar outfits from World War Two are mentioned, it is likely that the BMW R75s and Zundapp KS750s of the Wehrmacht come to mind. After all, numerous archive photos show the German armies using outfits in prominent roles including combat ones. Machine gun-toting sidecar outfits were often in the vanguard of the Blitzkrieg in the early days of the war as German units swept across Europe and Russia. In contrast, the Allies seem to have kept motorcycles more for, equally crucial, service and communications machines and made more limited use of sidecars.

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