The AJS model range for 1913 included the luxurious model D which was produced from the beginning with some unusual features, which were way ahead of their time in design. A 700cc twin 6 hp. machine equipped with a 3 speed gearbox manufactured in house by AJS along with many other parts, also unusual in the days when machines were normally made up from proprietary components and assembled under a brand name, this model was originally intended as a side car puller. Normally belt was the drive mechanism still popularly used by most manufacturers but the D had the more robust and expensive all chain drive system although stirrup type front brake and tank mounted hand change lever belied its pioneer heritage, as did carbon gas lamps with generator and total loss lubrication by hand operated pump on the fuel and oil tank. More modern in design for the day was the internally expanding drum brake fitted at the rear.
SL 9975 is a 1913 Model D in black and silver paintwork and was last used in 2011, it has V5C documents and expired mot certificates plus numerous old tax discs. According to the V.M.C.C. it is one of only six surviving examples worldwide and was a centre spread feature in their 2010 Journal. It has completed 15 Pioneer runs, 6 London to Brighton events, the Banbury on several occasions and has won numerous awards at many events including the V.M.C.C. Founders Day rally Best Veteran cup twice in recent years. The owner reports the motorcycle to be in excellent condition all round and that it will need only slight re-commissioning to be returned to the road for this year. This superb, rare gentleman's luxury veteran has all the original features mentioned above still fitted, and is a wonderful opportunity for a new collector or riding owner who wishes to actively participate in Vintage events in future.
PLEASE NOTE: The vendor has informed us that the motorcycle has completed 21 London to Brighton Pioneer Runs, 6 of which were with himself.