STEVENS BROTHERS (WOLVERHAMPTON) LTD
The Stevens marque is not one that many people have heard of, and when looking at the machines that they made this is certainly a surprise. They are good looking,
sophisticated machines, well made and obviously sporting a pedigree of distinction. It is no surprise then to learn that these machines had a 30 year history behind them under name of A.J.S.
brothers had been making motorcycles since 1902 until a crisis in the money markets, the Wall
Street crash and the ensuing depression forced them into liquidation, and to sell their once thriving
business to the Collier Brothers of Plumstead in 1931.
In 1932 they decided to re-enter the motor business.
It wasn`t possible to use the AJS name as it had
been sold along with the business, so they decided to use the name Stevens Brothers (Wolverhampton)
Ltd. Their first machine was a three wheel Light Commercial Van, and then in 1934, a 250cc motorcycle.
The range was extended to include a 350cc, and then a 500cc, but in 1938, with war looming, they
quit the manufacture of vehicles for the last time.
We hope this website will evolve as an important resource and network for the owners of the few
remaining Stevens machines, for motorbike enthusiasts and for all those interested in the history of
British motorcycle manufacture. Our aim for The Stevens Project is to bring together all of the
information available, to become a collecting point and discussion forum for all things Stevens.
It has always been a puzzle to us why there are so few Stevens machines left. It is estimated that between
800 and 1000 bikes and up to 500 light vans were produced, but where are they all now? It has been
suggested that this may be because after the war they may have looked... well, just old fashioned, and
not worth the trouble of fixing if they went wrong. There was also no spares network, so if parts were
needed to keep a machine on the road they would have to be made specially or adapted from another
machine. Who knows why, the fact is that there are only 16 recorded machines left. Unless of course,
you know better! If you have any information on `Stevens` please get in touch.
For further detailed technical information, I would recommend the excellent book by Steve Mills titled
`A.J.S of Wolverhampton`. It has a whole chapter on the Stevens Brothers (Wolverhampton) Ltd,
with plenty of photos and background information, making it an interesting and useful read. It also details
the introduction, modifications and improvements to the various models.
Obtainable from Steve Mills at,
2, St Andrews Rd,
West Midlands, B75 6UG.