1983 Benelli 900 Sei Frame no. ZBNB0AB4DP011182 Engine no. BCB011127
Lot 234
1983 Benelli 900 Sei
Frame no. ZBNB0AB4DP011182 Engine no. BCB011127
Sold for US$ 18,975 inc. premium
Lot Details
1983 Benelli 900 Sei
Frame no. ZBNB0AB4DP011182
Engine no. BCB011127
Alejandro DeTomaso was born of an Italian father and Spanish mother in Argentina from which he "escaped" during the Peron era. He found himself in Italy as one did when one was an ambitious racecar driver in the 1950s. There he married Isabelle Haskell, also a racecar driver, the daughter of one J. Amory Haskell II, a financial advisor to billionaire industrialist Pierre S. Dupont. DeTomaso soon found that his driving talent was limited but not his entrepreneurial drive. In October 1959 he created DeTomaso Automobili that became best known for the Pantera, a mid-engine, Ford V8 powered "supercar" produced on-and-off between 1971 and 1991.

"In 1971, he (DeTomaso) had quietly picked up an Italian motorcycle firm, Benelli, that was in trouble. In 1972... Benelli picked up Moto Guzzi, which (also) had a grand old name and tradition in motorcycling plus a beautiful factory on the shores of Lake Como in the Italian Alps." DeTomaso's handling of Benelli and Moto Guzzi was typical. Plunging into the management of both feet first, he managed to revamp Benelli's image by introducing a transverse six-cylinder 750cc machine, the 'Sei'." The first production, street, 6-cylinder motorcycle was produced in small numbers, the big Benelli never a threat to Honda's world domination of large sport bikes. The 900 Sei came in 1979 but less than 2000 were made in 10 years.

This beautiful 1983 example, note the correct later, larger bikini fairing, is brand new, never been ridden, the odometer at 0.1 of a mile. The seller, who has owned it for 15 years, kept it in covered, dry storage as did the previous owners. It was first sold to a Frank Nathan of Highland Park, Illinois who had acquired it on December 30, 1986. The Benelli dealer's name is unrecorded. Remarkably it comes with its original tool kit and owners manual. What a perfect icon of its age!

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  • Please note that the correct engine number for this motorcycle is BGB011127 and its title is in transit.
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