Lot 120 - 1956 12837 Model 18 Trials 500cc

Lot 120 - 1956 12837 Model 18 Trials 500cc

Lot 120 - 1956 12837 Model 18 Trials 500cc

Lot Number 120
Registration 616XUY
Chassis Number 32160
Engine Number 5518S28359
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.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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