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    Default 1989 Ducati 888cc Lucchinelli Replica Racing Motorcycle - Stafford Bonhams

    For auction at Bonhams Stafford 27 April 2014

    1989 Ducati 888cc Lucchinelli Replica Racing Motorcycle

    Ducati kicked off the inaugural World Superbike Championship with victory in the opening round at Donington Park in April 1988, when works rider Marco Lucchinelli took the honours aboard an over-bored and race-kitted version of the Ducati 851 Superbike. Since then the Italian company has won more WSB races and championships than any other manufacturer.
    Ducati lost no time in announcing a customer version of Marco’s bike for 1989 - the ‘Lucchinelli Replica’ - and ever since then the factory has pursued a policy of offering limited edition racers, usually based on the preceding season’s works bikes, to favoured privateer teams. Like the works racer, the Replica gained its extra 37cc capacity by a 2mm overbore which, coupled to an increased compression ratio, revised Weber fuel injection and a new exhaust, helped raise crankshaft horsepower to a claimed 132bhp. Good enough for the works racers, the road bike’s standard tubular-steel trellis frame was retained, though wheels went up to 17” diameter and bigger Brembo brake discs were specified. Published figures for the number of machines produced vary, most being in the 20-30 range.
    This Lucchinelli Replica was purchased from the Ducati factory and imported into the UK in January 1990 by Moto Vecchia Cagiva Ducati GB Limited, the official importer at that time (invoice on file). In early 1990 it was sold to a friend of the current vendor, who intended to do track days with it. The machine was delivered to the first owner’s garage where it remained for approximately 3-4 years before being purchased by the current vendor, since when it has remained in storage, still in its original box! The bike has not been worked on or tampered with, and is just as it was when it left the factory more than 20 years ago. It is hope that the fortunate new owner of this very special Ducati will complete its assembly so that this glorious looking machine can finally be enjoyed. An exciting opportunity to acquire one of the 1980s’ most iconic racing superbikes, presented in effectively ‘as new’ condition.

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    What could it achieve in this current market?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWG View Post
    What could it achieve in this current market?
    its estimated in at £14,000-18,000

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    I cant find the link/pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducati View Post
    its estimated in at £14,000-18,000
    Considering the prices asked for the more common and much more common 888SP(4)S and SP5's, that estimate seems quite reasonable/low in fact to me, for a bike that numbered at the most 30 in production.

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    Had this bike been raced it would probably command a higher price but it wouldn't have been competitive at the time, shame it hasn't been used for the purpose it was built...

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    The estimate is actually higher, but I would have guessed even more.
    Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.R View Post
    Considering the prices asked for the more common and much more common 888SP(4)S and SP5's, that estimate seems quite reasonable/low in fact to me, for a bike that numbered at the most 30 in production.

    Steve R
    I think that there is a typo there Steve...

    ...how can you consider SP4S models in the same light as SP5 models, one was produced in the 101 region and the other approx 500.

    In fact after the SPS model the next rarest road going 888cc SP model is the SP2, the others were churned out in numbers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bumble View Post
    I think that there is a typo there Steve...

    ...how can you consider SP4S models in the same light as SP5 models, one was produced in the 101 region and the other approx 500.

    In fact after the SPS model the next rarest road going 888cc SP model is the SP2, the others were churned out in numbers.


    Alan
    Hi Alan,

    Obviously it was a typo, but to answer your question...

    Because the SPS and SP5's shared pretty much the same engine spec and both command higher prices than the previous 851/888SP's, even the rare SP2.
    For me it's not about how many were churned out, rather it would be the spec of the model and how it performs.
    So I'd plumb for a SPS over any of the other 851/888SP's, but I'd choose a late 926cc Corse over a SPS, if I had the money to be in that sort of market.

    Seeing the price that the Lucchinelli Rep actually went for...
    If I sold my little fleet of Ducati's and the stash of spares I've accumulated over the last 35 years, I could easily have out bid the new owner and put some cash in the bank but...
    As I ride/take my holidays on my bikes, why would I want an inferior spec/performing and less reliable 851 to the one I've already got?
    Also pointing out here that resale/investment prices mean nothing to me, when I'm too old/frail to ride or dead my children can worry about what my bikes are worth.

    Steve R
    Last edited by Mr.R; 04-29-2014 at 05:10 PM.

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