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1981 Ducati 864cc Mike Hailwood Replica Registration no. UNM 508W Chassis no. 901133 Engine no. 091499

Schätzpreis: 0 £
Zuschlagspreis:  3.450 £
ca. 5.431 $
Los-Nr. 347, Aufrufe: 60

Mike Hailwood's 1978 Isle of Man TT comeback ride is the stuff of legend. Out of top-flight bike racing for seven years and away from the Island for eleven, he took on and beat the might of the Honda works team to win the Formula 1 TT at record speed. Mike's mount that day was a Sports Motorcycles-entered v-twin Ducati, and the Italian factory lost little time in capitalising on this outstanding success by launching a road-going replica. Like the race-bike, the MHR was based on the production 900SS, but - inevitably - had much more in common with the latter than the former. Most obvious difference was the full fairing finished in red, green, and white, and complemented by a glassfibre tank and racing seat. In fact, the 'tank' hid a steel fuel reservoir, glassfibre being illegal in the UK for tanks, and the seat's clever two-piece design enabled it to accommodate a pillion passenger. Mechanical changes were confined to lighter wheels and improved Brembo brakes, and the MHR's performance was pretty much the same as that of the 900SS: around 135mph flat-out. A genuine UK-market model sold new by the then official importers, Coburn & Hughes, this exceptionally original example - even down to its tyres - has enjoyed just two owners from new. The present owner acquired it directly from the first in the early 1990s and since then has ridden it approximately 500 miles. The machine has covered fewer than 3,000 miles in total from new. We are advised that it was checked over by Ducati specialists Baines Racing, of Silverstone, in 2002 and pronounced "like new." The machine is offered with Swansea V5. A rare chance to acquire a genuine, low-mileage, un-molested MHR in superb condition.

Informationen zur Auktion
Auktionshaus: Bonhams London
Titel: Collectors' Motorcycles & Related Memorabilia International, Classic Motorcycle Show
Auktionsdatum: 27.04.2003
Adresse: Bonhams London
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground Staffordshire County Showground Weston Road Stafford ST18 0BD Tel: +44 207 447 7447 Fax : +44 207 447 7401 [email protected]