1924 AJS 800CC ''VEE TWIN''
Sale price: £22000 - $29734 - €25000
Item location: Coed Duon, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing
Joe Stevens. father of Harry. George. Albert John (‘Jack'). and Joe Stevens Junior. was an engineer who owned the Stevens Screw Company Ltd. in Wednesfield. near Wolverhampton. Stevens had a reputation for quality engineering before the company built its first motorcycle in 1897. using a Mitchell single-cylinder four-stroke imported from the USA. Before long. Stevens began making engines. starting off with a better-built version of the Mitchell but the family soon developed their own designs. including parallel-twins and V-twins. which were sold as proprietary engines to other manufacturers. including Werner. Wolf and Clyno.
In 1909. after a Wearwell motorcycle fitted with a Stevens side-valve single-cylinder engine won a trophy for a 24-hour non-stop run in 1909. Jack Stevens decided to contest the Tourist Trophy in the Isle of Man. A new company. A J Stevens & Co (AJS). was founded. with premises in Retreat Street. Wolverhampton. to manufacture motorcycles and the first model appeared at the Motor Cycle Show in 1910. Its engine. a two-speed 298 cc side-valve. was made to come within the 300 cc limit for Junior machines in the 1911 Isle of Man TT races and was slightly larger than the 292 cc used for the proprietary engines. Jack Stevens came 16th on AJS's official entry. one place behind private owner J. D. Corke on an identical machine.
Albert John Stevens lent his initials to the company. but it was a family concern. In 1922 for example. Harry Stevens acted as managing director. George Stevens as commercial manager. Joe Stevens Junior managing the experimental section and Jack Stevens as production manager.
AJS did not contest the 1912 TT as it was busy satisfying the demand for its products. but was 10th in the 1913 Junior. With the Junior limit raised to 350 cc for 1914. the AJS motorcycle had grown to 349 cc. 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. The old Screw Company's facilities could not cope with the demand and with the company reconstituted as A. J. Stevens (1914) Ltd. AJS moved to a new factory built around Graiseley House. in the Blakenhall district. a short distance south of the Retreat Street premises. which were relegated to the being the company's office and repair department. The 349 cc machine (known as the 2 3⁄4 hp) was most in demand but the company also produced this beauty of 800 cc (6 hp) V-twin.
On 3 November 1916. the Ministry of Munitions prohibited the production of non-military motorcycles. and AJS went over to manufacturing munitions. but in early 1917 the Ministry received an order from Russia for military vehicles. and AJS was given a contract to produce part of the order with its AJS Model D machine. This kept AJS busy until Ministry of Munitions restrictions were lifted in January 1919.
When production of the 350 resumed in 1920. it was much improved. The side-valve engine was replaced by a new overhead-valve design that produced 10 bhp. It also had internal expanding brakes and chain primary drive. Cyril Williams won the first post war 1920 Isle of Man TT Junior race on his 350. even though he had to push the motorcycle home for almost four miles (mostly downhill) after a breakdown. AJS took the first four places in the 1921 Isle of Man TT. and Howard R Davies bettered his second place in the Junior by winning the Senior on the same 350 cc AJS. This was the first time a 350 had won the 500 cc Senior TT race. In 1922 Manxman Tom Sheard won the Junior on an AJS. with G Grinton. also on an AJS. taking second.
This is my very handsome 1924. A. J. S Model D. 799cc. Vee Twin. Vintage era motorcycle. The bike was first introduced for the 1921 season of 799cc (7hp). She was first registered in April 1924 and still retains her original registration number which is non-transferable and also matching numbers for the frame/engine numbers. There is also a old buff brown log book and V5c that confirms engine/frame numbers and reg. number. The bike as undergone a total restoration using many original parts when sourced these included a magneto overhaul. new wheel bearings. a new seat and a recovering of the tool boxes. a re-built engine and gearbox including new big end bearing. new piston rings. new valves and springs. and all new bearings in the gearbox and also a A. J. S toolkit. The brakes have also been re-built and re-lined. and the leaf springs for the saddle as been replaced. There is a dating letter confirming all the particulars and this machine has a great importance in A. J. S history and also the great british motorcycle movement.
So. as you can see there as been a lot of time and effort put into this handsome machine and is only for sale because I am reducing my collection down. Why not put your money into the bullet proof british motorcycle recession less market that is a investment for the future.
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