AJS 1929 M8 498cc two-port OHV frame & engine # M143236
The 1929 AJS model range boasted no less than 20 improvements. Some seemed trifle, like the rear carrier of different design and the improved front stand fixing. Others were real improvements, such as the redesigned frame that resulted in a lower saddle height, graceful saddle tank with built in speedometer, separate oil tank, enclosed valve mechanism and more powerful front brake. Last but not least, to please the eye, the previously all-black petrol tank had acquired brightly colored magenta side panels. The range spanned from the 9.96 HP twin passenger combo (M1) to the 2.48 HP lightweight (M12); AJS started numbering with the highest capacity models, which was rather unusual with model numbering systems at the time.
This M8 is equipped with the original Amal-Binks M8 carburetor and, as most AJS motorcycles that were sold on the mainland, with Bosch magdyno and lighting system. The two-port exhaust was an extra for which 2 pounds and 10 shillings had to be laid out. She was probably sold new in The Netherlands and still carries her 1950’s license plate. She participated in many Dutch Vintage Motorcycle Club events and is a good runner.