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1951 AJS 497CC MODEL 18CS SCRAMBLER (LOT 427) SOLD by Auction

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  • £5,500 Auction Estimate
  • 1951
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Price £5,500 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make AJS
Model MODEL 18CS SCRAMBLER
Year 1951
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 22-Jul-2020
Ref C1248284
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF DERRICK BEDWELL
1951 AJS 497CC MODEL 18CS SCRAMBLER (LOT 427)
REGISTRATION NO. NAU 550
FRAME NO. 2826
ENGINE NO. 51/18 S 1003 C
• Rare Model 18CS
• Ex-Derrick Bedwell
• Delivered new delivered with a spare set of crankcases

Associated Motor Cycles announced its post-war range of Matchless and AJS heavyweight singles in June 1945. Housed in a rigid frame with Teledraulic front fork, the rugged overhead-valve engine drove via a four-speed gearbox. Hairpin valve springs were adopted for 1949 and a swinging-arm frame introduced, the latter initially for export only, models so-equipped being suffixed 'S'. The production scramblers also received the new frame that the works team had enjoyed since 1948; the trials models though, kept the rigid back end. The scrambles engine went all-alloy for 1950 and subsequently received different cams and larger valves before being redesigned with short-stroke dimensions for 1955. AMC continued to develop its four-stroke scramblers to the end of production in 1969, but by then the days of such heavyweight machines were at an end.

This rare Model 18CS comes with its original old-style logbook showing that it was first registered on 8th January 1951 to Blacknell Motors, Nottingham, passing to its first private owner – Derrick Bedwell – on 9th January 1952. Derrick Bedwell had worked for Rolls-Royce during WW2, helping to develop the Merlin engine. His favourite mode of transport at that time was the Velocette KTT MkVIII ridden by 'Ginger' Woods in the 1939 Isle of Man Junior TT. After WW2 Derrick competed in most forms of 'off-road' motorcycle sport while continuing to work for Rolls-Royce's aero engine division. A man with a love of all things mechanical, he was involved with various organisations in later life including the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, Bentley Motor Museum, Bomber Command Association, and the Singer Owners Club.

Derrick competed on the AJS for many years, winning an impressive haul of trophies, and only sold it (to the current vendor) in 2016 shortly before his death at the age of 95. 'NAU 550' had last been on the road in 1958. Unusually, this machine was delivered with a spare set of crankcases, stamped by the factory with the original number: the only instance Bonhams has ever come across. The new-old-stock cases are included in the sale together with the aforementioned trophies. Since acquisition the AJS has been restored to usable roadworthy condition: engine rebuilt; new wheels rims and tyres; new exhaust; new handlebars, etc. The AJS 7R front brake is particularly noteworthy. Last run earlier this year and Described by the vendor as in good condition, this rare AJS model 18CS is offered with a V5C document; the aforementioned logbook; a file of paperwork; a pair of leather scrambles trousers; and a quantity of spare parts.

£5,500 - 7,000
€6,100 - 7,800

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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