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  • Engine number 
    56/16M 1816C
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1956 AJS 348cc 16MCS Trials
Registration no. 277 YUH
Frame no. 6358C
Engine no. 56/16M 1816C

Using models based on the wartime Matchless G3 military machine, AMC dominated the UK trials scene in the immediate post-WW2 years. Stars such as Hugh Viney and Gordon Jackson riding for AJS and Artie Ratcliffe and Ted Usher for Matchless won countless national events, while clubmen everywhere favoured the Plumstead marques' products more than those of any of their rivals. Important steps in the evolution of AMC's trials models included revised steering geometry, alloy cylinder barrel and 'head, and a lightweight all-welded frame. Introduced for the 1954 season, the latter remained rigid at the rear despite evidence that a 'springer' worked better. In the event, AMC's first attempt at a sprung frame was not an outstanding success, but the much-revised chassis of 1958 worked much better and was further improved by a switch to shorter rear dampers in 1961. And although a 500cc model was offered until the early 1950s, the works boys always favoured the milder and more easily managed 350, as did the vast majority of customers.

Originally registered 'KTY 571', this AJS trials machine has a mere 4,255 miles recorded on the odometer, a figure supported by expired MoTs dating back almost 60 years and which is believed to be genuine. Described as un-restored and in generally excellent condition, the machine is offered with its original old-style logbook, SORN, a V5 registration document and the aforementioned MoT certificates.

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