I restored a few BSA's in my day and lurked around the BSA forum for years. I know little of AJS/Matchless. I met a guy at a car show and we got to talking bikes. He has what I think is a 52 AJS model 20. Its a twin 500 and he wanted to know if I was interested in trading a BSA runner for the AJS I am kinda out of the restoring business so I have no interest but this is a fairly complete bike that has not run since 1954 ( last PO registration). An old man sold it or gave it to this guy. The only missing parts appear to be a broken kick start shaft and kicker, the chain and the speedometer. Handle bars or likely not original and the mufflers may be different. He says the motor turns over but I couldn't get to where I could verify that. I got an engine # , a fork # and what appears to be a frame #. The bike is located in Eastern NC. Rust on chrome parts, oxidation on motor but tin is pretty good. Seat needs recovering. This is for someone that has a hole in their collection or is just aching for an AJS twin. Bike needs to be completely gone through and I don't know the availability of parts for these bikes. Are parts available like BSA and Triumph? Is it a $1000 bike?
If anyone is interested I can give you the guys name and number. Contact me by private e-mail.