1,657 miles from new,2001 Ducati 998cc 996R Frame no. ZDMH200AA1B012698 Engine no. ZDMH998W4B000151
Lot 433
1,657 miles from new,2001 Ducati 998cc 996R Frame no. ZDMH200AA1B012698 Engine no. ZDMH998W4B000151
Sold for £11,500 (US$ 19,611) inc. premium
Lot Details
1,657 miles from new
2001 Ducati 998cc 996R
Registration no. Y341 TGT
Frame no. ZDMH200AA1B012698
Engine no. ZDMH998W4B000151
The history of Ducati's 8-valve, water-cooled, v-twin engine is one of constant development spurred on by a single goal: to enable the factory team to maintain its supremacy in the World Superbike Championship. One of the most important landmarks in this ongoing process was the introduction in September 2000 of the testastretta engine. Designed by ex-Ferrari Formula 1 engineer, Angiolino Marchetti, this new motor was based on the existing Desmoquattro but featured a revised cylinder head with the pairs of valves set at a much reduced included angle to achieve a more efficient combustion space, hence the name testastretta, meaning 'narrow head'. As well as the new heads, the testastretta featured a shorter stroke/larger bore (permitting higher revs), higher-lift camshafts, sand-cast crankcases, a deeper sump and a new Marelli engine management system. The 998cc testastretta engine made its debut in a mildly upgraded version of the existing 996SPS chassis as the limited edition 996R. In a novel marketing strategy, the first batch was offered for sale over the Internet and almost all found buyers soon after the model's release on 12th September 2000. After the Internet sale the 996R continued to be available and by the time production ceased at the end of 2001, some 700 or so had been sold worldwide.

The current vendor bought this rare 996R (number '261' of the series) from the widow of its owner, who had several other modern, limited-edition Ducatis in his collection. It came with both keys, 'R' manual, bike cover, front and rear stands, and Swansea V5 but no other documents. Ducati dealership Pro Twins have confirmed that they carried out the first free (and so far only) service. 'Y341 TGT' had 670 miles recorded at time of purchase and had been de-commissioned: battery removed, tank drained, fuel pipes off the pump, etc. The vendor has covered some 1,000 miles on the Ducati, 700 on a day trip across France, and last year rode it only once, for 75 miles. If the machine has been run, the fuel is always drained and the oil and filter changed before laying it up. Last year the coolant was changed also. The machine will be offered for sale complete with battery and fuel. It is said to run perfectly but we would advise that the cam belts be changed by the new owner immediately after purchase; although relatively few miles have been covered they are nevertheless 12 years old, as are the tyres. Presented in effectively 'as new' condition, this beautiful 996R represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire what was the ultimate road-legal Ducati of its day.
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