1939 AJS 246cc Model 12 Frame no. X2239 Engine no. 39/12 5827
Lot 347
1939 AJS 246cc Model 12
Registration no. TFO 848 Frame no. X2239 Engine no. 39/12 5827
Sold for £4,600 (US$ 7,632) inc. premium
Lot Details
1939 AJS 246cc Model 12
Registration no. TFO 848
Frame no. X2239
Engine no. 39/12 5827
Following the 1931 takeover of AJS by rivals Matchless, production was relocated from Wolverhampton to the latter's Woolwich factory and AJS's identity as a separate marque steadily eroded from then onwards as the machines became more like their Matchless counterparts. For 1935 the overhead-valve 250 Model 12 was one of several models updated with Matchless-type engines incorporating vertical cylinders and dry-sump lubrication. Coil ignition was another feature and the Model 12 would be updated with a four-speed gearbox and enclosed valve gear as the 1930s progressed, continuing in production until the outbreak of WW2. This AJS Model 12 was purchased by the current vendor in May 2010 in its present condition, having been restored circa 2009 by a previous owner. In November 2011 'TFO 848' was given a top-end strip-down and overhaul by Kickstart Classic Motorcycles of Frieston, Lincolnshire (see detailed invoice on file). Described as tidy and running sweetly, the machine also comes with current road fund licence, Swansea V5C registration document and an MoT certificate (expired April 2012).
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