1978 DUCATI 900 SS desmo NCR replica


The legendary NCR race shop in Italy built the Ducati 900SS offered here as a replica. ‘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 Ducati owners club-dating certificate states that the production date of this bike was 1978 and has added the following note  ”One of Ducati’s most famous models, possessing great performance combined with excellent handling. This machine has been prepared in the style of race bikes of the period. Such bikes are much admired throughout the motorcycle fraternity”


This NCR Replica is based on the production 900SS model and has the ‘square’ engine cases. Bevel driven desmodromic with 5 gears. The frame has the homologation code DGM13715OM which is further evidence if the bikes provenance. It is built to endurance racing specification, featuring twin fuel fillers, open exhaust pipes and Campagnolo magnesium alloy wheels. The NCR race shop produced this stunning replica of one of the 4 machines that the race factory produced in 1978 for the classic bike campaign that included the historic comeback of Mike Hailwood winning the TT after an 8-year layoff. This beautiful Ducati was last offered for sale in the Bonham’s Paris Auction February 2014 by the previous owner with a reserve of £40,000 but due to poor attendance and the world still being in the depths of the worst recession ever known, the Ducati did not sell. Professionally restored 12 years ago in the previous owners workshop, the machine has seen minimal action over the past decade. The bike comes with a recent MOT and latest type of V5.

Ready to be enjoyed and admired by the new owner


ESTIMATE £19,000- £26,000

Auction The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show
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