1947 AJS 497cc Model 18 Frame no. 20668 Engine no. 47/18 4734 B
Lot 229
1947 AJS 497cc Model 18
Registration no. AEE 582 Frame no. 20668 Engine no. 47/18 4734 B
Sold for £6,440 (US$ 10,900) inc. premium
Lot Details
1947 AJS 497cc Model 18
Registration no. AEE 582
Frame no. 20668
Engine no. 47/18 4734 B
Associated Motorcycles announced its post-war range of AJS and Matchless heavyweight singles in June 1945. Coded Model 18 and G80 respectively, the two 500cc models shared the same 93mm stroke as their 350cc brethren, coupled to an 82.5mm bore, and could be distinguished by the different magneto position: forward of the cylinder in the AJS; behind it in the Matchless. Housed in a rigid frame with Teledraulic front fork, the rugged and reliable overhead-valve engine drove via a four-speed gearbox. Considerably lighter than the successor swinging-arm models, these relatively docile AJS and Matchless singles are a delight to ride and enjoy the support by an active owners' club. This AJS Model 18 was purchase from an Internet auction site in 2009 (printout on file). At that time it was described as having had a full restoration to concours standard but had not been run for five years. The machine has been ridden sparingly since acquisition, covering a mere 249 miles, and is presented in commensurately good, near concours, condition. Indeed, in 2010 it received a 'Highly Commended' award at Stafford. The machine is offered with an old-style continuation logbook, two old MoTs (most recent expired 2012), V5C registration document, price lists and other literature.
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