1978 Ducati 900SS 'NCR'
Frame no. 87883
Engine no. DM860 086561
The Ducati 900SS offered here was built by the legendary NCR race shop in Italy. 'NCR' stood for the names of its founders, ex-factory race mechanics Giorgio Nepoti, Rino Caracchi and Luigi Rizzi, although after Rizzi's early departure the 'R' stood for Racing. NCR was founded in 1967 in the small town of Borgo Panigale on the outskirts of Ducati's hometown of Bologna. Situated a stone's throw from the Ducati factory, NCR functioned as the semi-official race team from the early 1970s, there being no direct works involvement at that time. The Nepoti/Caracchi philosophy was that everything could be improved, lightened or made more powerful, and like all truly great tuners they paid attention to the smallest detail in the knowledge that racing would inevitably expose any weaknesses. Their emblem, a speeding cartoon dog wearing a helmet, is known the world over.
The machine offered here is based on the production 900SS model and has the later 'square' engine cases. It is built to endurance racing specification, featuring twin fuel fillers, open exhaust pipes and Campagnolo magnesium alloy wheels. Professionally restored 12 years ago in the vendor's own workshop, the machine was last ridden a few months ago and is described as in generally very good condition. Accompanying documentation consists of original Italian Libretto di Circolazione, Certificato di Proprieta and ASI papers.
- The Engine Number is 086561 DM860
The Frame Number is DM860SS*087883