1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Street Frame no. ZDM888S000867
Lot 377
1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Street
Frame no. ZDM888S000867
Sold for US$ 25,300 inc. premium
Lot Details
1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Street
Frame no. ZDM888S000867
Ever since the arrival of its liquid-cooled, eight-valve, V-twin Superbike in the late 1980s, Ducati has pursued a policy of offering limited-edition, higher-specification variants of the standard model. One of these ultra-desirable modern classics was the SP2. Introduced partway through 1990 and based on the 851 Biposto, the SP2 came with the 888cc engine first used in the works racers and also featured a closer-ratio gearbox and superior Öhlins suspension at front and rear. It was superseded for 1991 by the SP3, which boasted upswept Termignoni silencers, stronger crankcases, uprated clutch, remote brake/clutch master cylinders, black wheels, carbon-fiber front mudguard and a slight power increase to 111 hp.

Piloting the full-factory racing version, American Doug Polen took 17 of 23 World Superbike wins in 1991, en route to the first of his two titles. This SP3 in street trim carries a plaque on the fork's top triple-clamp certifying that it is one of approximately 700 built. Here's a wonderful opportunity to acquire a limited-edition version of an iconic modern Ducati that can only become increasingly collectible over time.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the engine number for this motorcycle is ZDM888W4001027 and its title is in transit.
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