1930 AJS 498cc Model R8 Frame no. R8 61770 Engine no. R8 61770

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Lot 273
1930 AJS 498cc Model R8
Registration no. BF 6463 Frame no. R8 61770 Engine no. R8 61770

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 16,864) inc. premium
1930 AJS 498cc Model R8
Registration no. BF 6463
Frame no. R8 61770
Engine no. R8 61770
Originally built only as a 350 - latterly known as the 'Big Port' - the overhead-valve AJS became available as a 500 for the first time in 1926. Known as the Model 8, it followed the general lines of the 350 and distinguished itself in the 1926 Isle of Man Senior TT when works rider Jimmy Simpson became the first man to lap at over 70mph. The Model 8 was progressively revised and updated, and for 1930 (the year being designated by the letter 'R') gained an inclined, twin-port engine that incorporated many improvements inspired by racing experience, including stiffer crankcase and flywheel assemblies and two ball bearings on the drive side main-shaft. The three-speed gearbox was another new design and the entire engine/transmission ensemble was carried in a new semi-cradle frame. There were improvements to the forks and brakes, the latter now larger than before, while the adoption of 'Brooklands Can' silencers only served to emphasise the Model 8's sporting intent. The previous year's coloured tank panels having proved unpopular, the AJS range reverted to its traditional black-and-gold livery for 1930. In this form the Model 8 continued in production essentially unchanged after the Matchless take-over in 1931, and was not replaced until 1936 when an entirely new version with vertical engine was announced. Dating from the penultimate year of production at Wolverhampton, this rare matching-numbers R8 was registered in Stockholm, Sweden in 1947 and was completely restored in the 1990s. It was previously attached to a sidecar, since removed, but retains the sidecar (lower) gearing. The AJS was registered in the UK in May 2013 having previously been registered in Denmark (from September 2007). We are advised that the machine has been reliable and possesses a good turn of speed, its pace often surprising owners of more modern classics, and that it has received many 'Best Vintage' awards on road runs since its return home. An older restoration, now nicely patinated, this late, Vintage-era AJS is offered with VMCC dating certificate, Danish registration papers, current road fund licence and V5C document.
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1930 AJS 498cc Model R8 Frame no. R8 61770 Engine no. R8 61770
1930 AJS 498cc Model R8 Frame no. R8 61770 Engine no. R8 61770
1930 AJS 498cc Model R8 Frame no. R8 61770 Engine no. R8 61770
1930 AJS 498cc Model R8 Frame no. R8 61770 Engine no. R8 61770
1930 AJS 498cc Model R8 Frame no. R8 61770 Engine no. R8 61770
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