1946 – AJS 16 MC – 350
Associated Motorcycles 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 engine as their 500 brethren, coupled to an 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 via a four speed gearbox. The trials model continued to be built with the rigid frame until 1956 when a “swinger” was introduced, and in its lightweight incarnation was a formidable tool in the hands of works stars Hugh Viney and Gordon Jackson. The 16MC on display is the Model Year 1957, featuring a short wheelbase together with the new swinging-arm frame.
Design: AMC Engineering Team and George Rowley
Provenience: CMM Collezione Motociclistica Milanese