Property of a deceased's estate; never run or registered
2002 Benelli 898cc Tornado Tre Limited Edition
Frame no. ZBNB300012P100020
Clearly, the revival of one of Italy's most famous marques called for something very special, and when the much-exhibited Tornado Tre finally made it into the showrooms in 2002, it was to universal acclaim. Determined to establish a distinctive brand image different from that enjoyed by the multitude of Japanese fours and Italian v-twins, Pesaro-based Benelli opted for a triple and employed British designer Adrian Morton to style it. Under-seat radiators, cooled by fans and adopted to keep the bike's frontal area to a minimum, were just one of the many talking points of a machine that oozed hand-built quality from every fastening. Another was its stratospheric price. Production commenced with a run of 150 very special Limited Edition models equipped with everything needed to make Benelli's World Superbike racer competitive: adjustable headstock angle, adjustable swinging arm pivot, dry clutch, Öhlins suspension at both ends, the ultimate in Brembo braking and forged alloy Marchesini wheels. All this exotica did not come cheap: at around £22,000 on the road, the Tornado Tre Limited Edition cost twice as much as a Ducati 999! After the 150 Limited Edition models had been completed, production commenced of the 'ordinary' Novecento a relative 'snip' at £11,726.
This unused and unregistered Tornado Tre Limited Edition was purchased new from KC Superbikes (Kawasaki Carlisle) by the lady vendor's late husband, then unpacked from its crate and stored inside the house until it was removed for transportation to Bonhams for catalogue photographs to be taken. The engine has never been started. Presented in 'as new' condition, this machine represents a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the most exclusive and desirable motorcycles ever made, at a mere fraction of its launch price. It comes with the original purchase receipt and associated paperwork, Tornado Tre Limited Edition instruction manual and DVLA Form V55/1 to register it should the fortunate next owner so desire.