Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
1999 Ducati 916 Senna No. 150
Registration no. T658 EAN
Frame no. ZDM916S 012655
Engine no. 013145
Styled by Massimo Tamburini, the iconic 916 immediately captured the public's imagination on its arrival in 1994 and would go on to establish Ducati as one of the world's foremost brand names. In developing the original Ducati 851 Superbike, the 916's direct ancestor, engineer Massimo Bordi created one of the finest motorcycle power plants ever. Ducati's trademark desmodromic valve system was retained, as was the 90-degree angle between the cylinders. Wrapped around this outstanding engine was a frame consisting of a trellis of straight tubes, whose design has since become standardised throughout the Ducati range. The integration of all these elements was the key to the 916's success: that and a brilliant on-road performance that eclipsed just about everything else around at the time.
In addition to the Strada base model there were a number of limited edition versions of superior specification, one of which - the Senna - commemorated the late Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna, who had owned an 851 and was a friend of Ducati's owners, the Castiglioni brothers. The Senna first appeared in 1995, differing from the Strada by virtue of its predominantly dark grey colour scheme, 916SPS chassis and running gear, and Pankl con-rods inside the engine. Two further series were produced, with different colour schemes and only minor changes, before the model was deleted at the end of 1998.
First registered on 3rd April 1999, the Senna offered here was sold new via Pegasus of Reading, Berkshire to Mr Alex Tottle of Send Marsh, Surrey (PDI Certificate on file). Identified as number '150' of the series by the engraved plaque on the top yoke, 'T658 EAN' was purchased by the late owner (its third) from Peak Leisure Vehicles of Kirk Langley, Derbyshire on 28th March 2011. Currently displaying a total of only 5,912 miles on the odometer, the machine is offered with owner's manual, Ducati dealer guide, purchase receipt, safety recall correspondence, warranty booklet (three stamps), assorted SORN paperwork, expired MoT (issued 31st August 2010 at 5,905 miles) and Swansea V5C document. There is also an invoice issued by marque specialist Cornerspeed for a major service (including a new timing belt) dated 5th July 2010. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a well-documented, low-mileage example of this sought-after limited edition member of the 916 family. A Haynes workshop manual and the rear-wheel paddock stand are included in the sale.