1979 Ducati NCR F1 Frame no. DM750SSM118710M

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Lot 81Ω
1979 Ducati NCR F1
Frame no. DM750SSM118710M

US$ 85,000 - 100,000
£ 68,000 - 81,000
1979 Ducati NCR F1
Frame no. DM750SSM118710M
In 1978, Mike Hailwood came out of retirement to ride a Ducati 883cc V-Twin to victory in the F1 race during Isle of Man TT week. This immediately became on of the three most important victories in Ducati history. The bike was built by Bologna-based race shop NCR. About 20 of these were built with the round case engines.

In 1979, the new square case engine began to be used in these hand-built production racers. This allowed the Ducatis to run in both the more restrictive production-based events as well as in the TT F1 class. The offered lot was consigned in 1980 to Scuderia Romana to compete in the Italian TT F1 class. It was supposedly leased to a French team to participate in the Bol d'Or 24 hours, but no documentation exists. It does have the external oil dip stick fitted to endurance engines only, so it is likely that it competed in some endurance races. The bike was then sold to Count Fanelli in Rome who intended to continue to enter it in TT F1. In a surprise decision, the FIM dropped the class and the bike was obsolete. It passed to Adrian Altinier in Blazano and had a new career in an Austrian championship that still catered to the class. After its racing days were over in the late '80s, it was owned by a string of collectors in Italy.

This bike features the NCR-designed one piece fairing, racing Marzocchi forks, magnesium Capagnolo wheel and Brembo brakes. The engine has lightened and balanced internals, high compression pistons, PMH 40 Dell'orto carburetors and extensive lightening throughout.

While in the hands of famous Superbike team owner, Stefano Rumi of Bergamo, the bike underwent a freshening that was intended to maintain the bike's patina. The new owner will be one of the very few to know his NCR F1 remains in almost completely original condition, and that it also has a continuous history.

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1979 Ducati NCR F1 Frame no. DM750SSM118710M
1979 Ducati NCR F1 Frame no. DM750SSM118710M
1979 Ducati NCR F1 Frame no. DM750SSM118710M
1979 Ducati NCR F1 Frame no. DM750SSM118710M
1979 Ducati NCR F1 Frame no. DM750SSM118710M
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