1952 AJS Model 20 500cc Motorcycle
Result: PASSED IN
|Engine||500cc Twin cyl|
The A.J.Stevens Company was founded in 1909 by the four Stevens brothers, with motorcycle production commencing the following year. In the Twenties, AJS made a name for itself with a new OHV single-cylinder engine that helped the Wolverhampton outfit score wins in the 1921 and 1922 Junior TTs. Despite expanding into light cars and other products, AJS were struggling by the late Twenties and the manufacturing rights for their motorcycle production passed to Matchless in 1931 before becoming part of the Associated Motor Cycles group in 1938. The model 20 was introduced at Earl's Court in 1948, sharing its design with the Matchless G9. It housed a 498cc 'twin' mated to a four-speed gearbox and could hit 85mph. It was replaced by the larger 646cc Model 31 in 1958.