1939 AJS Model 26

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1939
  • Motorcycle type 
    Street
  • Engine number 
    39/26SS 8621
  • Lot number 
    2
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Colour  
    Other
  • Location

Description

1939 AJS 348cc Model 26 Silver Streak Project
Frame no. X2053
Engine no. 39/26SS 8621

Following the 1931 take-over of AJS by rivals Matchless, production was relocated from Wolverhampton to the latter's Woolwich factory. Inevitably, AJS's identity as a separate marque steadily eroded from then onwards as the machines became more like their Matchless counterparts. The Model 26 was one of two new overhead-valve machines introduced for 1935 (the other being the 245cc Model 22) featuring a vertical cylinder, twin-port cylinder head and forward-mounted magneto. Enclosure of the valve gear had arrived by 1936 and a single-port head - standard on the competition version - became available later. New for 1938 was the Silver Streak sports version, which featured a specially tuned engine and copious amounts of chromium plating. Dismantled and incomplete, this rare Silver Streak is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. There are no documents with this Lot.