£3,500 - £4,000
1957 AJS 18S, 498cc. Registration number NRD 593. Frame number A56243. Engine number 57/18s/131136 (V5C states 57185131136.
The AJS Model 18 was developed from a design from the 1930s, despite which it was still being manufactured 30 years later. The AJS was updated when a springer frame rear suspension was made available for 1949, to become the Model 18S. The suspension was a vast improvement on the rigid rear end - which had given a bouncy ride. Each of the two 'Candlestick' shocks held only 50 cc of SAE 20 weight oil. They were prone to leaks and were replaced by the larger diameter 'Jampot' shocks on the 1951 version.
The R.F. 60 records it being sold by Stoker and Shepherd of Reading to Zdzislaw Szewczyk on the 18th January 1958, he sold it to Russell Bassettc.1970 then long term owner Roy Siddall of Reading bought it in 1974. There are a large amount of old MOT's on file from 1974 at 29,501 miles, through to 2011 at 61,593 miles, and tax discs from the same time.
There are old receipts from this era through to 2009. Our vendor bought it from him.
It has had new rims with stainless steel spokes and new tyres as well as a new carb and oil change.
Sold with the V5C and R.F.60.