This bike really is a great example of its model and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated!!
Vintage AJS 18s 500cc 1954
This bike has been very well looked after and in great condition for its age!
Full running condition
Maintained to very high standard
Paperwork from AJS owner club included with V5
Please call if you have any questions or would like to arrange a viewing!
The AJS 500cc Model 18 and 18s are almost identical to the matchless G80 and both were produced in the same AMC London factory from 1945 to 1966.
These bikes represent the end of the era of big British singles.
The engine was released just postwar with a compression ratio of 5:9:1, necessary because of the low quality fuel available in Britain immediately after the war. British singles were designed to make the best of the fuel available.
Post war petrol rationing continued until 1950 and it was several years before performance fuels were generally available in the UK.
The model 18s low compression did mean it was easy to start and had better performance and fuel economy than the fast cars of the time.
By 1951 the model 18 had an alloy cylinder head and the competition models had also an alloy cylinder (with steel liner) where the barrel fins went all the way to the base.
The magneto was moved in front of the cylinder on the matchless G80 for 1952. The earlier model did not have the magneto - the separate magneto was directly above the dynamo behind the cylinder.
The small clutch inspection/adjustment plate added in 1952 replaced the leaky pressed steel primary chain case that first appeared in early times. The latest advances in technology in this 1954 model featured a replaceable clutch dome adding greater reliability and
Available for viewing in:
Norwich Airport Industrial Estate
Please message me or call Jon on 07940 229637 if you have any questions or would like to arrange a viewing
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