Lot 120 - 1956 12837 Model 18 Trials 500cc
|Odometer reading||2,741 miles|
|Estimate||£4,500 - £6,500|
|Result||Sold - £3,696|
AMC had announced its post-war range of AJS and Matchless
heavyweight singles in June 1945. Housed in a rigid frame with
Teledraulic front fork, the ruggedly built overhead-valve engine
drove via a four-speed gearbox. Hairpin valve springs were adopted
in 1949 and a swinging-arm frame introduced, the latter initially
for export only, models so-equipped being suffixed 'S'. The
production scramblers also received the new frame that the works
team had enjoyed since 1948, though the trials models kept the
rigid back end. The scrambles engine went all alloy for 1950 and
subsequently received different cams and larger valves before being
redesigned with short-stroke dimensions (86x85.5mm bore/stroke in
the 500's case) for 1955. A new duplex frame appeared for 1960 and
there were further engine improvements as AMC continued to develop
its four-stroke scramblers to the end of production in 1969, but by
then the days of such heavyweight machines were at an end.
This 1956 AJS Model 18 has recently been the subject to a complete cosmetic restoration finished in black and chrome with gold coach lines on the petrol tank to complement the gold AJS decals. The vendor informs us that the Model 18 is ready to be used and can be driven away from the sale. This AJS is supplied with a V5C registration document and is taxed until 28th February 2015. This AJS would complement any motorcycle collection.
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