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1856 J. Stevens and Co was established by Joe in 1856 in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, as a works. He and his wife had nine all of whom became involved in the

Early 1990s. Joe Stevens and Son had in Tempest Street, Wolverhampton.

Inspired by a Mitchel engine of performance, his sons Harry and Joe had an engine which outperformed the unit.

1899 The Stevens Manufacturing Co of Wolverhampton was established, marked the start of the brothers’ in the business of producing motorcycles.

The Stevens built a bike a JAP V-twin engine, with front forks and a swinging at rear. They had also producing frames.

1909 The AJS was founded by the Stevens brothers. first engines, 125cc, used by other companies.

The first model was produced as a (2.5 hp) single with a direct belt drive or a with chain drive. The A had no gears or clutch while the B had a clutch and two-speed gear-box.

Shown at the Motor Cycle the 6 hp V-twin model was a best-seller for use. The sidecars were by the Hayward firm. Also at the was a 2.75 hp model.

1913 In the TT of that year, AJS machines 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th places, and was soon a boost in demand.

1914 They entered a machine and won

1914 Became A. J. and Co (1914) Ltd

1913-1917 For a list of the and prices see the 1917 Red Book

production of munitions as well as manufacture of motorcycles.

1914 lists them as Stevens, A. J. and Co. . Street, Wolverhampton and as motor manufacturers. [1]

1915 The range of three models; the sporty single, a medium weight 4hp twin and, as top of the range, the 6hp D with Brampton patent forks, three speed gearbox and internal expanding brake. A new feature on all 1915 was the so called AJS ‘scientific frame’ straight top tube sloping head to seat lug, the use of bent tubes.

1919 The engine was greatly altered the gearbox remained unchanged. At the show a new 6hp model was introduced. Its included a new type of saddle interchangeable and quickly detachable specially sprung comfortable foot-boards with rubber rear stand operated by lever and big size aluminium damper, placed under the of the engine.

Engine capacity was bore and … 74mmx87mm. It had cylinder-heads, high-tension magneto and a three speed gearbox and was available in combination form.

AJS took over the Hayward and returned to the TT. The company introduced innovations, including internal brakes and all-chain drive.

1920 In the T.T. race had 350 cc OHV models and won the Junior race Cyril Williams at 40.74

1921 Design improvements and engines brought many successes. Most remarkable of were at the Island TT where took an impressive 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th, Eric first followed by a resounding win (by a two lead) with Howard in the Senior TT, two days later.

They won the Junior T.T. with Tom Sheard

1922 Stevens, the company’s leading was an enthusiastic radio amateur. (wireless as it was known) was in its infancy; on April, 1922, he organised a concert and demonstration of radio at the AJS and broadcast a musical concert his home radio station on a morning [2] .

1923 Harry there would be a large for wireless receivers (recognising had happened in the USA) and persuaded the AJS to manufacture AJS receivers. New buildings added at Lower Walsall for wireless manufacture; the wireless became known as A.J.S. and Scientific Instruments . Four were launched in 1923, all at the top end of the market.

1924 Five new were released at lower prices. But then foreign were allowed to sell in the UK increased competition for British and so prices fell. AJS displayed products at the 1924 Wireless

The company also opened its own station, broadcasting from Walsall Street Works.

1925 More models introduced and sales continued to extra space was found at the Street works for wireless making. New showrooms and offices opened at 122-124 Charing Road, London.

1926 fell due to rapid development by so a new range of modern-looking receivers was the Symphony range, but they still battery-powered. Mass methods were also

1927 Sales of radios and were falling. AJS won a contract to the Clyno Nine car at Lower Street Works. As a result the department moved to Stewart Works. AJS brought in an overhead, camshaft for motorcycles [3] .

1927 The commercial vehicle called the was produced with a 3.3 litre Climax engine. It was followed by the

1928 The company had problems trading conditions. AJS then into the production of commercial chassis. Radios were becoming more complex but AJS did not up to date with the latest so the decision was made to stop production.

The Stewart Street were sold to the Symphony and Radio Co. The new company soon producing radio receivers, and loudspeakers.

1928 New motorcycle with OHC were introduced as the K7 cc) and the K8 (500 cc).

1929 in Clyno failed and the car contract Development of the AJS Nine car began as a to plug the gap in work for Lower Street. By the end of the year sales still falling, and for the third in a row the company failed to declare a

In 1930 a 10% reduction in pay was made the works in an attempt to reduce costs, and higher priority was to the car project. An AJS 350 cc machine won the Lightweight TT. The now held over 100 world

1931 AJS built the S3, an ambitious transverse tourer with cylinder heads and other design elements; even times were hard the still increased its product

1931 During that AJS were engulfed by financial AJS was wound up, creditors paid in and rights sold to Matchless via a over by AMC. The Stevens’ remained owners of the Retreat Works and continued as an engineering The car business was sold to Willys Crossley but few cars were

Successor Companies

Although the new Matchless. moved the firm to and restricted the range produced, it was not the end of or the AJS name. Production continued the Matchless engine.

1934-1938 The brothers started again as Brothers (Wolverhampton) Ltd.

Matchless was incorporated into a new group formed by the Collier

1940 Production turned to war and AMC concentrated on Matchless, with few AJS being built. Those produced were shared, but different badging.

Following World War II, AMC built AJS and motorcycles at Plumstead following the format.

1946 A small of competition models was produced, minimal design changes. AJS were raced both on- and

1949 The range of road was increased, along with competition models and this set the until 1952.

1953 to saw the introduction of many new models and a of design changes, with both on and off the race-track.

1963 The was pared down; and again in

1966 This was the last of production in their old format as AMC was in trouble. When AMC failed, the was bought by Manganese Bronze who formed the Norton Villiers

1967 The AJS 33, model CSR, was under new ownership until Certain Matchless models built until 1969.

Production ceased and the factory was but both names survived.

AJS were motorcycles produced 1967 to 1973. They been produced again 1987.

1967 The name was by Norton Villiers. who produced a of two-… competition machines.

These bikes were no offered in kit form — as had the case in the past. The company was to Fluff Brown who created the range, which later to the original name of AJS .

1974-1981 FB-AJS models built in the image of the older AJS The firm continued to thrive on the of the nostalgia boom.

1991 Replicas of the early-1960s Cotton were produced.

Note: AJS and have an owners’ club web [3]

1952 A.J.S. 350cc 7R3

A.J.S. 348cc Model 7R

A.J.S. 500cc Porcupine Twin

1938 A.J.S. ‘Silver Streak’

1925 800cc V-Twin Model E1

They built Public Vehicles for 3 years 1921-1931.

built three models all of were Coventry Climax Engines.

The Pilot — a 26 in either normal or forward-control

The Commodore — a 32 seater the forward control.

The Admiral this was not built until so only had a short production

AJS Model 30 650

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