1939 AJS 500 V4 Racer — Classic British Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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1939 AJS 500 V4 Racer

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Claimed power: 55hp @

Top speed: 135mph

Engine 495cc overhead cam, two per cylinder, supercharged, water-cooled V4 with 180-degree crankshaft and Zoller volumetric compressor

(dry): 405lb (243kg)

In a country so long wedded to supremacy, where the connotation for many decades denoted more exceptional than a twin, the idea of a Made in four-cylinder Grand Prix always seemed at best if not downright impossible. It’d be a bit Triumph or Norton making a

But just once, more 60 years ago, a British dared to invest in the exotic than the functional. And even if the took a while to win a race to a scattered development path was first interrupted by WWII, terminated by the postwar ban on forced it eventually led to the creation of the bike won the first-ever 500cc World in 1949.

That manufacturer was Associated Cycles, and its AJS E90 Porcupine remains the twin ever to have won the World title. By comparison the 50-degree AJS V4, AJS’s prewar GP was the first bike to lap a classic course at over 100mph, in the of Walter Rusk in the 1939 GP, 15 days before the outbreak of The parallel twin ‘Porc’ if not exactly conventional, certainly less exotic than its predecessor.

The fact that the only examples of each bike been brought together by who regularly puts them their paces in public is fortunate. But then Sammy their owner and past of a succession of International Six Days enduro gold medals, is a man.

Order the November/December 2006 of Motorcycle Classics to read about the AJS 500 V4 Rider, including impressions by Alan Cathcart. Customer Service at (800) or contact us by email .

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