Property of Yori Kanda
c.1958 AJS 348cc Model 16M
Frame no. 016117
Engine no. 50/16M ś 12855
Despite the absence of any history the Ajay is presented in competition trim, although a down-swept silencer and non-original dual-seat suggest it wasn't latterly used in trials. While the engine number is circa 1950 the VMCC Machine Register lists the frame for 1956, by when all AMC models had rear suspension. Before the advent of BSA's C15T, AJS and Matchless 350 singles were the staple diet for aspiring off-roaders; reputedly handling better -- and with greater ground clearance -- than BSA's B32. In this instance all the major parts are recognisably AMC, but that the fuel tank sports a pre-war Matchless badge only adds to the cocktail! The condition of this barn-find warhorse is probably best described in canine terminology; i.e. a 'Rescue Bike'...and long overdue for some tlc!
- The Frame no. is A42667. The Engine no. is 50/16MS128557. The frame is a 1956 M30 600 Twin rolling chassis (leaving the factory 27.1.56), the engine is a 1950 350cc AJS unit.