1988 Ducati 851 Superbike 'Tricolore' Frame no. ZDM851S1 850167 Engine no. ZDM851W4 850619
Lot 247N
1988 Ducati 851 Superbike 'Tricolore'
Frame no. ZDM851S1 850167 Engine no. ZDM851W4 850619
Sold for £12,650 (US$ 16,176) inc. premium

Lot Details
1988 Ducati 851 Superbike 'Tricolore' Frame no. ZDM851S1 850167 Engine no. ZDM851W4 850619 1988 Ducati 851 Superbike 'Tricolore' Frame no. ZDM851S1 850167 Engine no. ZDM851W4 850619 1988 Ducati 851 Superbike 'Tricolore' Frame no. ZDM851S1 850167 Engine no. ZDM851W4 850619
1988 Ducati 851 Superbike 'Tricolore'
Frame no. ZDM851S1 850167
Engine no. ZDM851W4 850619
• Landmark Ducati superbike
• 10,696 kilometres recorded
• Registered in Germany

One of the most influential motorcycles of recent times, the Ducati '851' Superbike restored the fortunes of the Italian company and paved the way for a highly successful family of superbikes, the final (pre-Panigale) example being the '1098' of 2007. In developing the original 851, engineer Massimo Bordi created one of the finest motorcycle power plants ever.

By the mid-1980s, Ducati's existing air-cooled 4-valve twins were approaching the end of their development, so Bordi started with a clean sheet in creating their water-cooled, 8-valve, fuel-injected successor. Ducati's trademark desmodromic valve actuation system, which closes the valves mechanically rather than relying on springs, was retained, as was the 90-degree angle between the cylinders. Wrapped around this outstanding 'Desmoquattro' engine was a frame, consisting of an intricate trellis of straight tubes, whose design would become a Ducati trademark. Only one paint scheme was available at first: silver frame with bodywork in the Italian national colours of red/white/green, hence these models' 'Tricolore' sobriquet.

Two models were available initially: the 851 Strada and 851 Superbike Kit, the latter being the first of many limited edition 'homologation specials' produced to satisfy World Superbike Championship requirements. The major differences were the Kit's closer-ratio gearbox and 17" Marvic magnesium wheels (16" Marvic/Akront composite on the Strada). When the 851 was revised for 1989, a white frame/red bodywork colour scheme was adopted, thus rendering the early Tricolore models collectible overnight. Including the 'Kit' models, only 518 Ducati 851s were produced, of which 311 were the Strada version.

One of the 304 produced in 1988, this rare 851 Strada 'Tricolore' currently displays a total of 10,696 kilometres on the odometer and is believed un-restored. The machine is offered with German Fahrzeugbrief and a Ducati letter concerning frame numbers.

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