1979 Ducati MHR 900
For Sale No Longer
This machine, thanks to its provenance, condition, originality &
maintenance history has been chosen by Ian Falloon to document
in his next Ducati Bevel book as an exemplar of the Ducati FIRST
EDITION MHR motorcycle. This is THE Mike Hailwood Replica to
GOOD, BETTER or BEST? For the
collector looking for a guaranteed investment, only the BEST
The FIRST EDITION MHR is an
example of BEST. It has an enviable trifecta of qualities that
places it in the BEST category for appreciating values, and
compared to the legendary Green Frame (US$137,000) is incredibly
There are 3 qualities
that make any collectible appreciate in value. This machine has
1. Simultaneously Rare &
driver for being popular is to be desirable as proven by
unprecedented sales, yet unavailable. An example of being both
rare & popular is the First Edition (Rare because a limited
number were printed) Harry Potter book set that sells for
$6,500, else pickup a 2nd, 3rd,...
edition set for $65 of which millions
were printed. It is the popularity of later editions - ubiquity
that makes First Edition Harry Potter books valuable. A
motorcycle example is the rare First Edition 1969 Honda CB750K0
"Sandcast" which is the originator of the iconic and ubiquitous
CB. A "Sandcast" sold for US$263,725 at
auction, else pick up a 2nd thru 8th edition for <
$1,500. With over 400,000 follow up
CB750s being made, it is this ubiquity that makes the Rare
Sandcast an excellent acquisition. The First Edition 1979 Mike
Hailwood Replica, like the 'Sandcast was to Honda, heralded the
beginning of Ducati's most popular Bevel model. 6,000 follow up
bikes from 1980 to 1985 are testimony to the cachet & street
cred of the original.
2. Originator of a
Motorcycling category - Race Replica. Before
the MHR was produced, manufacturers didn't paint their
motorcycles in the colours of race sponsors. The MHR launched a
new motorcycle category called "factory race replica"
3. Unmatched Sporting
credibility and association to GOAT - Mike Hailwood. Uniquely
the MHR commemorates the most extraordinary sporting "comeback"
of the 20th century. After 7 years of retirement for any
sportsman to win at the most grueling venue in their field is
unheard of. Mike Hailwood won the toughest motorcycle race on
the planet. This machine, one of the original 200 First Edition
bikes made in 1979 offers the astute collector all three of the
collecting criteria described. Not only that, but this machine
is rarer still.
In addition to the above, this machine also has
a special trio of features that makes it the best among the
best as not all First Editions were created equally.
This MHR has:
- Exact same configuration as
the prototype Milan show bike.
- Campagnolo wheels as Mike
raced with. Not Speedline,
- Low knee cut prototype steel
petrol tank, same as Milan Show Bike. Not faux fibreglass tank.
- Prototype single seat
assembly.- One piece full fairing.
This fine example is for sale
for US $59,500
available, message me for more details.
The tips on collecting stated above are universal for any
collectable. More tips below from Diane
Brandon a Rolls-Royce expert, and judge at Pebble Beach. She
served on the board of the RROC and represented the Bentley
Driver’s Club in the U.S.
Research the vehicle you’re interested in, buy
the books, join the single marque club and go to shows to find
something that makes your heart sing
Avoid cars which are not original, don't
have stories or no documentation. Don’t buy a car with so much
damage you’ll be underwater when you’re finished, or a car
that’s so over-restored you’ll have to start over to make it
Don’t buy a vehicle whose basic equipment doesn’t
work properly. Avoid “quickie” paint jobs (too shiny, overspray,
orange peel), or with an incorrect interior.
4. Do you want to drive your car or show it? If you want to
drive it, find the best original example you can, with
thorough provenance. Repair it mechanically, but let its
appearance show evidence of the passage of time, without
5. If you plan to show your car, choose your restorer by
reputation and referral. Choose appropriate paint colors
(preferably original), and correct interior materials. Repair
when possible, replace only what must be
replaced. Gather appropriate documents; avoid
non-original accessories. Drive it so you’re familiar with
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