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Lot 608: c.1959 AJS 349cc 7R Racing Motorcycle

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

Built from 1948 to 1963, Associated Motor Cycles’ AJS 7R - known as the ‘Boy Racer’ - was one of the most successful over-the-counter racing motorcycles of all time. Almost all of Britain’s road-race stars of the 1950s and ’60s rode a 7R at some stage of their careers, and the model remains a major force in classic racing today. Although a new design by Phil Walker, the 7R with its chain-driven overhead-camshaft was very reminiscent of the AJS ‘cammy’ singles of pre-war days. While - initially - not as powerful as the Velocette KTT and Junior Manx Norton, the 7R’s robust and simple construction endeared it to the privateer responsible for his own maintenance. While the duplex loop frame and Teledraulic front fork remained essentially unchanged throughout production, the engine underwent almost continuous revision, eventually producing 41bhp in ‘short-stroke’ configuration. AMC’s own gearbox replaced the previous Burman in 1958. Finished in the model’s traditional black and gold livery, this AJS 7R is fitted with glassfibre tank and seat and comes complete with fairing. It was purchased from a local rider in Chesterfield circa 25 years ago and reassembled by Eric Houseley, but has not been raced since.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
Lot Number608
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£10350
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Engine number7R/1690
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