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Lot 202: AJS M5 350 Trials

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Joe Stevens first built an internal combustion engine in 1897, although his engines did not enter production until after 1900. He built his first bike in 1905 and a new company, AJ Stevens & Co (AJS), was founded in Wolverhampton in 1909 to manufacture motorcycles. The first model was a two-speed 292cc side-valve but by 1914 the AJS motorcycle had grown to 350cc, with four-speed gears and chain final drive. AJS won first, second, third, fourth and sixth place in the Junior 1914 Isle of Man TT race that year. Internal expanding brakes and chain primary drive were introduced in 1920. AJS went on to win the Junior again in 1920, 1921 and 1922, and won the 1921 500cc Senior TT on 350cc OHV machines. This 350cc M5 side-valve sporting machine dates from 1929 and has been upgraded with a gearbox from an M6 350 OHV machine and heavy duty Webb front forks with dampers (as often seen on racers of the period). The vendor believes it was probably a trials machine and it also has narrow 20 wheels. The frame and forks have been cleaned and painted but the bike does need restoring. It was bought from Edinburgh many years ago and has been stored in a shed since then. There were no documents with the bike at the time of cataloguing but, time permitting, the vendor may attempt to get these from the DVLA prior to the auction.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number202
Estimate£3000-£3500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1929
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberM115078
Engine numberM5 115078
Engine capacity (cc)350
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors