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Lot 106

1954 AJS 18C

  • Frame no. A8683
  • Engine no. 5318S1485C

Sold for €12.870

Documents: Bill of Sale


Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.

  • One of the last models produced before AMC merged with Norton
  • Competition model for the emerging scrambler market


Nearly identical to the G30 Matchless, the AJS 18 was built immediately following World War II to supply the intense demand for road motorcycles. Production of AJS Model 18 lasted through 1955, with frame A8683 being one of the later bikes produced. The main difference of the two marques was the location of the magneto – AJS placing it in front of the cylinder as it is on this example.

With the frame number certified by AJS records as being from a road bike from 1954, this AJS 18 has the rigid rear suspension of the original Model 18s, production of which continued even after the spring-frame was introduced. The engine, a SOHC with a capacity of 497 cubic centimetres, produces a power output of 23 horsepower. Presented in excellent condition in striking black, this AJS is sure to delight and thrill its next owner.





• Uno degli ultimi modelli prodotti dalla AMC prima della fusione con Norton
• Modello da competizione realizzato per il nascente mercato degli scrambler

Quasi identica alla G30 Matchless, l'AJS 18 è stata costruita, subito dopo la seconda guerra mondiale, per rispondere all’intensa richiesta di motociclette stradali. La produzione del modello AJS 18 è durata fino al 1955, con, tra le ultime prodotte, la moto con numero di telaio numero A8683. La differenza principale della produzione delle due marche era la posizione del magnete, con l’AJS che lo posizionava, come nel caso di questo esemplare, davanti al cilindro.

Con il numero di telaio certificato dalla AJS come motocicletta da strada del 1954, questa AJS 18 ha la sospensione posteriore rigida del modello 18s originale, la cui produzione è proseguita anche dopo l'introduzione della struttura a molla per il telaio. Il motore è a singolo albero a camme in testa, con una capacità di 497 centimetri cubici e produce una potenza di 23 cavalli. Presentata in ottime condizioni, verniciata in nero, questa AJS è sicuramente in grado di divertire ed emozionare il suo prossimo proprietario.

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