1957 AJS 348cc Model 16 Trials
Registration no. PSY 105
Frame no. 7535CS
Engine no. 57/16MS/1900C
Associated Motorcycles announced its post-war range of AJS and Matchless heavyweight singles in June 1945. Coded Model 16M and G3L respectively, the two 350cc models shared the same 93mm stroke as their 500cc brethren, coupled to an 69mm bore, and could be distinguished by the different magneto position: forward of the cylinder in the AJS; behind it in the Matchless. Housed in a rigid frame with Teledraulic front fork, the ruggedly built overhead-valve engine drove via a four-speed gearbox. Hairpin valve springs were adopted for 1949, and a swinging-arm frame introduced, the latter initially for export only but available in the UK from 1950, models so-equipped being suffixed S. The trials model continued to be built with the rigid frame until 1956 when a swinger was introduced, and in its lightweight incarnation was a formidable tool in the hands of works stars Hugh Viney and Gordon Jackson. The current owner acquired this restored AJS Model 16 Trials in part exchange for a vintage car, its previous history being unknown. We are advised that the engine was professionally overhauled in 2005 and has not been run since. The machine is offered with dating certificate and Swansea V5 registration document.
- The registration number is PSY 105.