One of the most legendary motorcycles in Grand Prix road racing history will go on sale at Bonhams Stafford summer sale. An AJS E90 Porcupine run and owned by Ted frend will be up for grabs on July 2 at Staffordshire County Fairgrounds.
1949 was the first year of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix series, now known as MotoGP. Frend’s team-mate Leslie Graham won the first 500cc title on an AJS E90, picking up victories at the Swiss and Ulster GPs. AJS won the 1949 World Constructors’ Championship over its main competitors Gilera and Norton.
The E90 is the only twin-cylinder motorcycle to win the Grand Prix series. The E95 succeeded the E90 and continued GP racing until 1954. During this time, only four Porcupines were produced by the factory racing team.
After Frend’s death in 2006, his motorcycle-related property was acquired by Ken Senior, a friend and neighbor who also salvaged motorcycles. Senior returned the E90 to its former glory, using original and custom parts. The AJS E90 Porcupine is part of the Senior Collection of 400 motorcycles – 90 of them will be sold at the Bonhams Stafford Summer Sale.
Due to the historical significance and rarity of the AJS E90 Porcupine, it is expected to sell for at least a quarter of a million pounds.
“We only saw two other examples offered for sale publicly, both sold at world record prices at the time,” notes Ben Walker, director of the international department of Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles. “The few well-known examples found in the world of world renown Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, or in the possession of private collectors, this is an extremely exciting opportunity, unique in a generation, to purchase a much coveted and sought after machine.
If you don’t have a budget of Â£ 250,000 at auction, Frend’s racing trophies will also be available at the Stafford Summer Sale. Frend was the first rider to win a race on the AJC E90 Porcupine when he beat all comers in the 1947 Hutchison 100, and he finished 4th at the Isle Of Man TT the same year.
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AJS E90 Porcupine Photo gallery