1948 AJS MODEL 16 TRI­ALS

Classic Bike (UK) - - LOT STUFF -

Cho­sen by: Greg Pullen, Wilts, Hants, Gloucs Berks and Som­er­set con­sul­tant Sold at: The Spring Stafford sale 2018 Sale price: £4370

Not ev­ery bike that makes a big im­pres­sion has to be ex­otic. This AJS was one of Greg Pullen’s first con­sign­ments as a Bonhams con­sul­tant – so that makes it spe­cial.

Us­ing mod­els based on the wartime Matchless G3 mil­i­tary ma­chine, As­so­ci­ated Mo­tor Cy­cles dom­i­nated the UK tri­als scene in the im­me­di­ate post­war years. Stars such as Hugh Viney and Gor­don Jack­son rid­ing for AJS, and Ar­tie Rat­cliffe and Ted Usher for Matchless won count­less na­tional events while club­men ev­ery­where favoured the Plum­stead mar­ques.

Al­though a 500cc model was of­fered un­til the early ’50s, the works boys al­ways favoured the milder, more eas­ily man­aged 350, as did the vast ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers. This Model 16 Tri­als was de­scribed, rather quaintly as: ‘an older re­paint in age-re­lated con­di­tion’. A great ba­sis for a unit class pre-65 tri­als iron or an ideal ma­chine for a bit of gen­tle green lan­ing, the bike was of­fered with a V5C.

“My most in­ter­est­ing con­sign­ment to date has been this AJS tri­als ma­chine. I’ve a nat­u­ral af­fec­tion for AJS as one of the few Bri­tish mar­ques to win a road rac­ing world cham­pi­onship, but they also dom­i­nated the home tri­als scene. And like all com­pe­ti­tion ma­chines they have a sparse beauty that road bikes rarely of­fer. These mod­els are fan­tas­tic value for money.” Greg Pullen

This lit­tle 350cc Bri­tish tri­als iron is as pretty as a pic­ture

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