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Bonhams Ducati 888CC Lucchinelli Replica

If you’re thinking about having your own track bike for this summer then there’s a particularly special Ducati that will be coming up for auction at the end of this month that’s still in its original crate from the factory.

Described as “new”, the 1989 Ducati 888cc Lucchinelli Replica will be offered for sale by Bonhams auction house at its Spring Stafford Sale to be held in the UK on Sunday 27th April.

What makes this race replica bike unusual is that it was imported from the Ducati factory in 1990 to the UK and since then has done nothing more than remain in the original packing crate completely untouched and unused.

The Ducati 888cc Lucchinelli was created as a limited edition version of Marco Lucchinelli’s race winning bike – the 851 Superbike – from the 1988 season. Effectively a customer version of Lucchinelli’s race bike, it’s estimated just a handful of the Ducati 888 Replica were made. Like the works racer, the Replica was given an extra 37cc, via a 2mm overbore, which, coupled to an increased compression ratio, revised Weber fuel injection and a different exhaust system gave a claimed 132 hp.

The 888 Replica retained the standard tubular steel trellis frame of the Ducati 851 road bike, but the Replica’s wheels were larger at 17 inches and bigger Brembo brake discs were adopted. Ducati is suitably vague on the numbers of  888 Replicas that were made but it is thought to have been no less than 20 and perhaps no more than 30.

This example of a Lucchinelli Ducati Replica left the factory in 1990 and was imported into the UK by the then official importer at that time. It was later sold to someone who intended to do track days with it but instead it sat in storage for four years before being sold a few years ago and still remained in its crate.

According to Bonhams, the bike has not been touched, worked on or tampered with and is just as it was when it left the factory. It’s still in its original crate along with a set of spares and ancillaries.

Bonhams has set a suggested price for the bike at somewhere between $20-30,000. That’s not a lot of money for an official Ducati works replica of one of the most iconic race bikes of the 1980’s that’s never been ridden. For more information go to Bonhams web site at:

  • Zanpa

    Never been ridden, never will be. That’s sad.

  • Clint Keener

    Let’s see how long it takes you to find the obvious spelling error.

  • taba
    • Mr.Paynter

      Thanks, that link is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while!

  • Jack Meoph

    Q: What do you spend your money on when you have too much of it?
    A: Why something like this of course.

    ~~~~~And when I win the lottery, gonna buy all the girls on my block

    Silver-plated six shooters and a quart of the finest highland scotch.

    ’cause when I win the lottery, the rights will shake their heads and say that

    God is good but surely works in mysterious ways.

    When I win the lottery~~~~~~

    • Davidabl2

      I misread your poem for the last two days..I read it in the off-color interpretation.
      Now that I understand it I am now waiting for a few more verses ;-)

  • Davidabl2

    J.P. Morgan once told an interviewer “If you know what it costs to maintain your yacht, you can’t afford it.”
    This bike’s kind of the same, you’d have to be rich enough that riding it you wouldn’t worry about it losing value because of it’s being ridden by you.

    • Dennis Bratland

      Or there’s those who are rich enough to leave a factory race replica lying around for 26 years and not notice. Or a motorcycle manufacturer that cares so little about where its money goes that it can’t be bothered to keep track of whether it made 20 or 30 of them. Oh, wait, wasn’t Ducati nearly bankrupt within a couple more years of this…? I think I might have some idea why.

      • Davidabl2

        Somebody must have viewed it as an “investment.” Perhaps they were right-the auction results will confirm this.Or not.
        But it’s akin to acquiring valuable works of art and leaving them in a vault without ever viewing or displaying them.
        Actions of someone who “understands the price of everything, but doesn’t understand the value of anything”