1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text)
Lot 250
1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text)
£18,500 - 21,500
US$ 24,000 - 28,000

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Lot Details
1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text) 1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. ZDM851S*850116* Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text)
1989 Ducati 888cc 'Lucchinelli Replica' Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. ZDM851S*850116*
Engine no. ZDM851W4*850176 (see text)
• Sold new in the UK via Moto Cinelli
• Raced in period
• Restored to concours condition by JHP

Ducati kicked off the inaugural World Superbike Championship with victory in the opening round at Donington Park in April 1988, when works rider Marco Lucchinelli took the honours aboard an over-bored and race-kitted version of the Ducati 851 Superbike. Since then the Italian company has won more WSB races and championships than any other manufacturer.

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 the 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 engine was a frame, consisting of an intricate trellis of straight tubes, whose design has since become standardised throughout the Ducati range.

Ducati lost no time in announcing a limited edition of Marco's bike for 1989 - the 'Lucchinelli Replica' - and ever since then the factory has pursued a policy of offering limited edition, higher-specification variants of the standard model. Like the works racer the Replica gained its extra 37cc capacity by a 2mm overbore which, coupled to an increased compression ratio, revised Weber fuel injection and race exhaust, helped raise rear wheel horsepower to a claimed 118bhp. Good enough for the works racers, the road bike's standard tubular-steel trellis frame was retained, though wheels went up to 17" diameter and bigger Brembo brake discs were specified.

This Lucchinelli Replica is offered from a private collection of Ducati motorcycles. The machine was purchased new from the UK importer, Moto Cinelli, in 1989 and campaigned in the UK 'Battle of the Twins' race series by Mark Ward with some success. (See photograph on file, this machine is number '55').

Its racing career over, the Ducati was placed in storage before being retrieved in 2004 and sent to renowned marque specialist John Hackett of JHP (John Hackett Performance, Ducati Coventry). JHP then carried out a complete 'last nut and bolt' restoration to original specification with no expense spared. In the course of the rebuild the original crankcases were found to be unserviceable and were replaced with new unstamped factory items (the originals are included in the sale). JHP's photographic record of the restoration is on file, and there is a factory spares kit included in the sale also.

After restoration was complete the Ducati was dynamometer tested and found to produce 128bhp at 11,500rpm; it was then drained of all fluids before being placed in the vendor's private collection. Please note that the machine will need re-commissioning should track or parade use be envisaged by the new owner.

Described by the private vendor as in concours condition, this beautiful Ducati 888 Lucchinelli Replica represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the 1980s' most charismatic racing superbikes, possessing in-period race history.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is ZDM851S*850116* opposed to ZDM851S*805116 in the printed catalogue.
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