AJS and Matchless Owners Club Limited

AJS & Matchless Owners Club

Machine History - Post War Models

Production Years

Heavyweight Singles Twins (500cc-750cc)
Competition Singles Racers
Lightweight Singles 2-Strokes
Devon Matchless G80

This listing does not cover every model the factory made since the War, but it should give you the knowledge on how to work each model out.

Marque codes - M = AJS, G = Matchless
(sometimes AJS machines are referred to as Model 16, 16, M16 or 16M, they are all the same thing!).

Model codes
C = Competition
S = Originally 'Sprung', later 'Sports'
R = Road, except 7R
L = Light frame
DL = De Luxe

For example:

  • 1949 G3LS - Matchless 350cc Light frame sprung model
  • 1962 31CSR - AJS 650cc Competition Sports & Road (often called 'Coffee Shop Racer')
  • 1966 G80CS - Matchless 500cc Competition Sports

There are a few things that nobody appears to know the answers to, for instance the meaning of CS or CSR - it depends a great deal on which book you read or which person you speak to.

CS = Competition and Sports
  or Competition Sprung
CSR = Competition Sports Road
  or Competition Sports Racing
  or Coffe Shop Racer

We'll leave you to make the decision on that!

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