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Lot 483: 1930 AJS 498cc Model R8 De Luxe Motorcycle Combination

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Originally built only as a 350 - latterly known as the ‘Big Port’ - the overhead-valve AJS became available as a 500 for the first time in 1926. Known as the Model 8, it followed the general lines of the 350 and distinguished itself in the 1926 Isle of Man Senior TT when works rider Jimmy Simpson became the first man to lap at over 70mph. Progressively revised and up-dated, the AJS Model 8 continued in production essentially unchanged after the Matchless take-over in 1931 and was not replaced until 1936 when an entirely new version with vertical engine was announced.

Dating from the penultimate year of production at Wolverhampton, this rare R8 was acquired by the current owner, a VMCC member, in 1985, having been in the immediately preceding ownership since 1968. The machine is Birmingham registered and was supplied new via Frederick Kinchin Ltd, of Bromsgrove, whose brass plate is still affixed. We are advised that the sidecar body was rebuilt with new timber in 1982 and the cylinder head overhauled 2,000 miles ago, and that the machine is in excellent condition. The only reported deviation from standard is the front wheel/brake, fitted in the interests of improved retardation. The original wheel/brake is included in the sale together with a spare engine, gearbox and the original speedometer. The machine is offered with old-style logbook, recently expired MoT (September 2005) and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number483
Estimate£10500-£12500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1900
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2185
Year1930
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Engine numberR3467
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