The 1954 AJS 500cc E95 Porcupine represents the final development of the most exotic, innovative, and graceful British Grand Prix racing motorcycle ever made. Described as the “Holy Grail of British Motorcycles”, the AJS Porcupine is the only twin-cylinder motorcycle of the time to have won in 1949 the 500cc World Championship.
This model is one of only four E95s ever built and appeared for ue fist time at the 1952 Isle Of Man TT race, then was developed with the introduction in 1954 of a new pannier-style fuel tanks which extended down on either side of the engine, thus lowering the center of gravity and affording a measure of streamlining. The bike features what is considered the most beautiful exposed clutch ever seen and an AC fuel pump that humorously requires the bike to be stood on its rear wheel for priming (to raise fuel to the carburetor.) Estimated price is between $750,000 and $950,000 and it will be auctioned August 18-19 by Bonhams at the Quail Lodge of Carmel, California.