Bonhams : Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 469
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible

Sold for £ 19,550 (US$ 25,205) inc. premium
Ex-Tom Arter
c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 7-856
Engine no. none visible
• Arter family ownership from new
• Brand Hatch grass-track lap record holder
• Numerous in-period modifications
• Restored in 2015

The unique AJS offered here was delivered new in May 1938 to Tom Arter, renowned grass-track and trials competitor of the 1930s/1940s, who would go on to pursue an equally successful career as a tuner/entrant, supporting stars such as Bill Lomas, Dickie Dale, Mike Duff, and Peter Williams. AJS Motor Cycles' letter concerning Tom's purchase is on file together with another congratulating him on winning the 'Silver Wings' race at the Ashford Speedway in April 1939.

Like most extensively campaigned competition machines, the Arter AJS would be extensively modified, gaining a Manx Norton cylinder barrel, telescopic front forks, and McCandless-type swinging-arm rear suspension as the seasons progressed. Ridden by Albert Roger, this machine set the Brands Hatch grass-track lap record in 1949, a mark that will stand forever as the Kentish circuit has been Tarmac-surfaced since the winter of 1949/1950. Although the engine started life as a '350', its present capacity is not known.

In April 2000 the Arter Collection, including the famous ex-works AJS 'Porcupine' racer, was sold by Bonhams at Stafford, though Tom kept his much-loved old grass-tracker. The machine languished in a corner of the now emptied workshop for many years before Tom Arter Jnr asked a family friend, Richard Mummery, to rebuild what he referred to as 'a family heirloom'. Undertaken during 2015, the restoration included rebuilding the engine with a new big-end assembly and new piston rings, and grinding-in the valves (the piston crown was found to be flat, indicating a compression ratio of around 8.5:1). The cycle parts were powder-coated, and the magneto overhauled, while replacement parts fitted include a stainless-steel exhaust pipe, vacuum valve (to prevent wet-sumping), new oil pipes, new fasteners, an Amal carburettor body (found in the race workshop), and a suitable fuel tank. A list of the parts fitted, and their costs is on file.

Since the rebuild's completion in 2015, Richard has displayed the Arter AJS at the International West Kent Run (2015 and 2016), the Barham Vintage Rally (2017), and the Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show (Easter Monday 2017). The machine was last run in October 2018. The accompanying history file contains period photographs, press cuttings, and the aforementioned rebuild details and letters from the AJS factory. Offered for sale by the Arter family, this unique AJS represents a wonderful opportunity to own a purpose-built competition machine raced by one of the biggest names in British motorcycle sport.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
Contacts
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Ex-Tom Arter,c.1936 AJS Model 38-7 Grass-track Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 7-856 Engine no. none visible
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For Motorcycles (Lots 201-662) the Buyer's Premium will be 15% on the first £500,000 of the Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on the balance thereafter, VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Buyer's Premium for Memorabilia and Spares (Lots 1-198) will adhere to Bonhams group policy, the Buyer's Premium is 27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price; 25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000; 20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000 and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT. Some lots may be subject to VAT on the hammer price. These lots will be clearly marked with a dagger (†) printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Storage Notices

Motorcycle Spares and Memorabilia Clearance
All purchased lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 7pm Sunday 28 April 2019. All un-collected purchased lots shall then be removed to Bonhams storage facility at: Bonhams Oxford Banbury Road Shipton on Cherwell Kidlington Oxford OX5 1JH Lots will be available for collection from 10am Thursday 2 May by appointment only.

To arrange collection please contact the Motorcycle Department +44 (0) 20 8963 2817 or ukmotorcycles@bonhams.com to make an appointment.

All lots will be charged a minimum of £12+VAT uplift and storage at £1+VAT per day per lot.

All lots marked with a ◊ will be charged £30+VAT uplift and storage at £6+VAT per day per lot.

All lots marked with a ◊◊ will be charged £60+VAT uplift and storage at £12+VAT per day per lot.

All lots marked with a ◊◊◊ will require specific shipping and storage arrangements, as they are either extremely large or heavy objects.

Please contact the Motorcycle Department for detailed information in advance of bidding. Failure to contact the department may result in your purchased lot(s) being uplifted to an offsite store at your expense. Shipping Enquiries: For all motorcycle spares & memorabilia shipping enquiries please contact Alban Shipping quoting your client, sale & lot number to discuss your shipping requirements Tel: +44 (0) 1582 493099 email:
enquiries@albanshipping.co.uk

Please note Bonhams do not provide shipping neither do Bonhams pack lots. Should you wish to organize collection of your lots via a third party carrier, they must check and pack lots on your behalf upon collection. Shippers or Agents wishing to collect on behalf of the purchaser must provide written instruction from the client before Bonhams will release the lot(s). All purchases are at the buyers risk from the fall of the hammer.