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AJW Motorcycle PDF Manuals

'35 AJW Motorcycles Catalogue PDF
'35 AJW Motorcycles Catalogue PDF
'35 AJW Motorcycles Catalogue PDF.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.1 MB
JAP Engine Owner's PDF Manual for AJW & Cotton Motorcycles
JAP Engine Owner's PDF Manual for AJW & Cotton Motorcycles
JAP Engine Owner's PDF Manual for AJW &
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.2 MB

AJW Flying Vixen
AJW Super Four

History of AJW Motorcycles

Above on the page there are several PDF Manuals for AJW Motorcycles.


The AJW company was founded in 1926 in Exeter, England, Devonshire, by entrepreneur Arthur John Wheaton, the son of a wealthy owner of a printing house where motorcycles were assembled.


Motorcycles were a "hodgepodge" of purchased units, mostly of the top segment - Brough Superior frames, engines from different manufacturers - Swiss MAG, British Anzani and JAP, Blackburne, Villiers, Rudge Python, Sturmey-Archer and Jardine gearboxes.


The line was extensive, but the cars were very expensive and prestigious, and therefore the release was extremely small: until 1937, only 250 copies of all models were made.


Prices ranged from £ 115 to £ 145 - then pounds, not today. And the pound sterling in the thirties was much more significant!


With the outbreak of the WW2, production was stopped.

In 1937 Wheaton sold the motorcycle business and production moved first to Bournemouth, Hampshire, and then to Wimborne, Dorset.


The date of the sale by Arthur Wheaton of the AJW company is indicated by different sources in different ways - and 1936, and 1937 and 1945.


There are many ambiguities and discrepancies in the history of the company.


In 1948, two models with JAP engines were produced: the Speed Fox was built in small numbers specifically for speedway, and the road Gray Fox, equipped with a vertical in-line twin and telescopic fork.


The Gray Fox was produced for only about a year, but the speedway model was produced until 1957.


Since 1958, the company stopped producing its own models and began selling Italian light motorcycles with Minarelli two-strokes under its own name.


In 1974, the name disappeared from the horizon, but ten years later the brand entered the market again, again with Italian mopeds, which it traded until 1979.