2000 Ducati 916SPS 'Fogarty Replica'
Registration no. W1 FOG
Frame no. ZDMH100AAWB001719
Engine no. 001871
Although Ducati's water-cooled 8-valve v-twin had been around for six years and had already won four World Superbike Championships, it was the arrival of the iconic 916 for 1994 that really captured the public's imagination. Styled by Massimo Tamburini, the 916 and its subsequent evolutions established Ducati as one of the world's foremost brand names.
The original 916 Strada was superseded by the Biposto (two-seat) version and the higher-specification SP. Next came the ultra-exclusive 916SPS derivative of which only 400 examples were made. Despite the name, the 916SPS enjoyed the advantages of an over-bored engine displacing 996cc and delivering a mighty 132bhp at the rear wheel. The cost new was an equally staggering £18,400.
Capitalising on Carl Fogarty's World Superbike Championship successes, Ducati introduced the limited edition 916SPS 'Fogarty Replica' in 1998 at the behest of UK importer Moto Cinelli. Only 202 were made, one going to the great man himself while another was retained for Ducati's museum, with the rest going to wealthy (the list price was £20,000-plus) British enthusiasts. Like the standard 916SPS on which it was based, the 'Foggy Rep' used the 996cc motor but in a slightly higher state of tune courtesy of a full titanium exhaust system, larger airbox and altered fuel injection mapping. Other 'goodies' included lightweight Marchesini wheels, carbon-fibre seat unit, carbon swinging arm protector and colour-matched mirrors. A full racing decal set and white competition number panels completed the mouth-watering picture.
The 916SPS we offer is identified as number '117' of the series by the engraved plaque on the top yoke and has been autographed by Carl Fogarty himself. 'W1 FOG' was first owned by Peter Mugford of Winscombe, Somerset and was acquired by Aled Jenkins (its second owner) in March 2003. Last taxed to 30th September 2007 and currently displaying a total of only 1,962 miles on the odometer, the machine is offered with a quantity of expired MoTs (most recent 2008), SORN paperwork, sundry invoices for parts and servicing, HPI documents, assorted photographs and magazine features, and Swansea V5/V5C documents.
Of all the members of the 916 family, the SPS and 'Fogarty Replica' are considered the most collectible, and low-mileage examples must surely represent a 'blue chip' investment for the future.
- The machine is offered with a Fogarty signed number plate and boxed Ducati authenticity plate.