AJS Model 16M

Key facts

  • Year: 1946
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Capacity: 348cc
  • Cylinders: 1
  • Valves: Overhead
  • Output: 16bhp at 5600rpm
  • Performance: 78mph
  • Price new: £125
  • Owner: National Motor Museum Trust
  • Manufacturer: AJS Motor Cycles Ltd, London
A 1946 AJS Model 16M motorcycle On Display

Introduced in 1945, the Model 16M was the AJS version of the wartime military Matchless G3L. The models only differ in the position of the magneto, in front of the cylinder on the AJS and behind on the Matchless. The frame is a conventional rigid design with ‘Teledraulic’ forks. First registered in February 1946, this bike remained with one family from 1947 until 2010.

The Stevens Screw Company Ltd of Wolverhampton started manufacturing motor cycles under the A J Stevens (AJS) name in 1909. In 1931 financial difficulties led to a takeover by Matchless and production moved to London. From 1937 the parent company traded as Associated Motor Cycles Ltd.

Possessed of good looks with performance and road holding in keeping

Motor Cycling, 28th June 1945

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