|Rod Coleman aboard the AJS E95 'Porcupine' in 1954|
|The E95 with pannier tank removed, the 'wet' sump clearly visible beneath the engine|
|The compact lines of the E95 are clear, even if the tank is huge!|
|A compelling work of mechanical poetry; the clutch alone is a mesmerizing sculpture.|
AJS redesigned the machine in 1952 and dubbed it the E95, which had cylinders more upright (and less spiky), and a chain drive to the magneto. By 1954, a huge pannier fuel tank lowered the center of gravity, but required a fuel pump keep the carbs fed... and the mechanics to stand the bike on its rear wheel before a race, to prime a header tank for the fuel pump! Jack Williams took over the race team and development of the E95, working out most of the bugs, resulting in a smooth and reliable engine which produced 58hp @ 7800rpm. One last win at the Swedish GP, plus 2nd at the Ulster GP, were the swansong of the E95, as AMC founder / racing legend Charlie Collier died that year, and direct involvement in Grand Prix racing was wound up for good, although AMC continued to provide their legendary single-cylinder AJS 7R and Matchless G50 racers until 1962, for privateers.