1948 AJS MODEL 16 TRIALS
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