1923 Stedman 980cc
Registration no. PC 4618
Frame no. P119
Engine no. M-262547
In the 20th Century's first few decades, most towns and cities had motorcycle mechanics capable of purchasing individual components and assembling a complete machine. Indeed, in the industry's formative years it was not unusual for the local blacksmith or bicycle retailer to assemble one, two or even a small run of motorcycles under their own name using entirely bought-in components. We are advised that the Vintage Motor Cycle Club considers the machine offered here to be a good example of just such an enterprise. It is believed to be a modified 1920 AJS Model-D 'sidecar tug', though as an accompanying letter from the National Motor Museum acknowledges, there are some significant differences. The engine is a 980cc JAP and the gearbox a three-speed Sturmey Archer while other noteworthy features include Brampton Bi-Flex forks, an ML magneto and a Best & Lloyd hand-operated oil pump. It should be noted that the dynamo, voltage regulator and battery are missing.
This machine was made in 1923 by A J Stedman of Weybridge, Surrey and owned by him until his death in 1967, whereupon it was inherited by his daughter, Miss G M Stedman, also of Weybridge. (The name A J Stedman is in no way associated and therefore not to be confused, with the name of the famous motorcycle company, AJS, which stands for Albert John Stevens). A sidecar was attached originally and was still in place when the machine was last taxed in 1942, but was subsequently discarded at date unknown.
In 1993, when it was in a near-derelict condition (see photograph on file) Gladys Stedman passed the machine onto a friend, Eric Morris of Addlestone, who embarked upon a programme of major restoration lasting around three years, returning it to a running condition. The machine passed to the present owner in August 2002. Described as in generally good condition, this unique vintage motorcycle is offered with assorted correspondence, 'Maintenance Notes and Tips', 'Operating Guidelines', two expired tax discs (1942), VMCC dating application and sundry restoration invoices.
- Please note the engine number on this machine is M62547.