1967 AJS 650cc 31CSR
Registration no. PLH 312E
Frame no. A88058
Engine no. 10626
From 1966 onwards AMC's long standing factory at Plumstead Road was in the ownership of Norton Villiers, who were striving to keep the production line in operation, pending the announcement of a new model, the 750 Commando, in late 1967. The South London factory, whose build-quality was reputedly still better than that of Small Heath or Meriden, was of course rife with rumours of a pending closure, linked with a move either to Andover or Wolverhampton. Despite the worrying atmosphere, and a frequent scarcity of crucial parts, AMC's loyal workforce continued producing a range of interim models that, because of component shortages, often saw Norton forks and hubs fitted to Ajays and Matchlesses, and similar. British twins at this point still enjoyed a healthy global demand, inasmuch the various specification idiosyncrasies were accepted by customers in the majority of markets, who were only too pleased to be riding a large capacity vertical twin. Acquired by the vendor eight years ago, this AJS has subsequently been lightly ridden, and most carefully stored. Offered in superb visual condition, the machine started first kick on the occasion of our photography visit. Close to the original specification, but with the addition of an ignition cut out switch, the Ajay is offered with a selection of technical literature, plus a tarpaulin type cover. Offered with V5C and expired (April 2012) tax disc.
- The engine number for this vehicle is 31CSRX10626.