£2,500 - £3,000
1955 AJS 16MS, 349cc. Registration number OOU 249. Frame number painted over. Engine number 56/16MS/27634.
The rigid framed AJS Model 16M 350 cc single was developed in 1945 from the military Matchless G3/L World War II motorcycle. The company also produced an almost identical motorcycle under the Matchless name as the Matchless G3L with the only difference between the two was that the Matchless carried a magneto at the rear of the cylinder barrel, whereas the AJS magneto was at the front.
In 1953, the Model 16M was modernised with a dual seat replacing the saddle and rear pillion seat, it retained a rigid rear frame until 1949, when pivoted rear suspension controlled by hydraulically dampened spring units designed and made by Matchless became available. The difference was indicated by the S (for springer) designation - 16MS.
OOU comes with a copy of a Steve Bateman Superbike Ltd description of the machine, where it is stated that it has had a new Amal carb, the dynamo rebuilt, and a general overhaul of the bike.
Sold with the V5C.