1952  AJS  Model 18S 500cc Single Frame no. 79094 Engine no. 5218 S 19896
Lot 236
1952 AJS Model 18S 500cc Single
Frame no. 79094 Engine no. 5218 S 19896
Sold for US$ 4,025 inc. premium
Lot Details
1952 AJS Model 18S 500cc Single
Frame no. 79094
Engine no. 5218 S 19896
Albert John Stevens and his three brothers became involved in motorcycles before the turn of the 20th Century. By 1909, they were manufacturing motorcycles under the name AJS. The company failed in 1931 and was taken over by Matchless, the two later operating under the name, Associated Motorcycles in London. During World War II, the company supplied the War Department with thousands of Matchless G3/L 350cc singles.

The company's first big postwar splash was with a civilian version of the G3/L. in 1946. There were both 350 and 500cc singles in 1946. The AJS version of the 500 was the model 18. These 500 singles would be the mainstay of Associated Motorcycles from their introduction until the company foundered. The last AJS Model 18 was produced in August 1965. They had remarkable success in off road racing in both the U.S. and Britain.

The offered bike is a roadster from 1952 production. It is original and complete and shows 37,000 odd miles on the odometer. The mileage would seem to be in line with the machine's condition. It has the optional dual seat and swing arm rear suspension with the recently introduced jampot shock absorbers. The gearbox is a Burman B52, derived from the racing AJS 7R. This AJS is one of the great mid-Twentieth Century British big banger singles.
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