1956 AJS 16M, 350cc. Registration number KFV 338. Frame number A38236. Engine number 56/16MS 27927.
Associated Motor Cycles announced its post-war range of AJS and Matchless heavyweight singles in June 1945. Coded Model 16M and G3L respectively, the two 350cc models shared the same 93mm stroke as their 500cc brethren, coupled to a 69mm bore, and could be distinguished by the different magneto position: forward of the cylinder in the AJS, behind it in the Matchless. Housed in a rigid frame with Teledraulic front fork, the ruggedly built overhead-valve engine drove through a four-speed gearbox. Hairpin valve springs were adopted for 1949 and a swinging-arm frame introduced, the latter initially for export only but available in the UK from 1950, machines so-equipped being suffixed ‘S’.
KFV was first registered on the 16th January 1956 and bought by our deceased vendor in 2010. There are old MOT’s on file from 2002 at 39,882 miles, 2003 at 40,049 miles and 2010 at 40,087 miles. Today the odometer reads 42,592 miles. An older restoration it presents very well, although unused for some time and gentle recommissioning will be required.
Sold with the V5C, old MOT’s and a quantity of 16M literature.