In 1909, the A. J. Stevens & Co. Ltd was formed in Wolverhampton, England whose original goal was the production of motorcycles. This then made its way into the production of automobiles that were branded under the name of AJS.
AJS made a number of omnibuses, coaches as well as automobiles through its lifetime until the point in which the company was absorbed by Matchless in 1931. Using the Meadows Engine, AJS produced its first full-scale automobile in 1923, however at this time in the company’s history; they opted not to take this particular vehicle into full production. As a result, they turned their focus to the production of car bodies for the Clyno Company until 1929 when Clyno filed bankruptcy. After this, they then returned to the goal of making their own production automobile starting with the Nine.
After seeing the success of the Nine, AJS moved on to produce a series of buses and coaches until 1931 when they filed bankruptcy. By this time, they had already managed to produce 200 buses. While the company was absorbed into a number of other companies after the bankruptcy, the automobile designs and plans went to Crossley Motors who continued the name until 1932 and produced another 300 cars during this time period.
While the AJS name does not exist today, the popularity of the Nine made a comeback in recent times thanks to kit car manufacturers, who today offer the Nine as a kit car body for the car enthusiasts. Original Authors: Nick (Globel Team)
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 29/08/2008