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    Anyone know what this british bike is?

    This is a picture of my dad probably around 1960, maybe earlier.
    Anyone know what model this bike is? Im getting interested in buying a classic and wouldn't it be great to find one like my old man had.barrybike2.jpg

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    Hi Andy,

    Your dad's old bike looks like a 1955 AJS Model 18S. It was powered by a 498cc OHV single cylinder engine, it was a very handsome machine indeed.

    Here are some colour photos.

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    If you look at my avatar you will see what was the Matchless equivalent of the AJS.

    However, I was into bikes long before that photo......
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    On demob in 1956 I was the proud owner of the 350cc Matchless version. Known as "Jampots". It was a good reliable bike. Came of it once on wet wood paving blocks between tram lines in London. Happy days!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gettin'onabit View Post
    If you look at my avatar you will see what was the Matchless equivalent of the AJS.

    However, I was into bikes long before that photo......
    Hi AL,

    I believe the Matchless version of the AJS model 18S, was the Matchless G80.

    AJS and Matchless were part of AMC (Associated Motorcycle Co. Ltd) AMC also owned Francis-Barnett, James, Norton and Sunbeam.

    Here are some photos of A 1947 Matchless G80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ed View Post
    On demob in 1956 I was the proud owner of the 350cc Matchless version. Known as "Jampots". It was a good reliable bike. Came of it once on wet wood paving blocks between tram lines in London. Happy days!.

    They were nicknamed "Jampots" because the shape of the rear suspension units resembled an old pot of jam.

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    I don't actually know how old my Matchless was. The petrol tank was from another bike as far as I know; and the oil tank seems to be from another age or model.

    It pulled like stink, though and it was good for 90mph, easily - handled like a blind pig, probably because the tires were nearly square in cross section.

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    Great info thanks all! Found this at a dealer near me, I've no idea if that's a reasonable price though.
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/ajs-motorb...ty-/1299668820

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyrattle View Post
    Great info thanks all! Found this at a dealer near me, I've no idea if that's a reasonable price though.
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/ajs-motorb...ty-/1299668820
    Hi Andy,

    That 1954 example is a little on the high side, one in that condition is worth nearer £4000. A basket case is worth around £2000 and a running project is worth in the region of £3000.

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