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1988 Ducati Tricolore Kit (Racing) New. 207 produced For Sale

For more information, a short video or even a quick chat, please call or email. Available for viewing in Italy or the UK at a selected dealer.

We are a UK company with offices in the UK and Italy. We are very proud to offer this exceptional opportunity to offer a new unused and unregistered Ducati Tricolore Superbike, otherwise known as the 851 Tricolore Kit (Racing).
The first ever Ducati Production Homologation Special, built to enable the Bologna company to compete in the very first series of the World Superbike Championship.
Without this model and prized example, Ducati would not be where it is today, the Tricolore 851 Kit is the founding homologation special and first official limited edition superbike to come from the factory. It is extremely rare as these examples were supplied to race teams and most have been trashed or heavily modified.

We all know Ducati had good heritage in racing but apart from the 72 Imola 200, with the now legendary Supersport 750 with Paul Smart aboard and success with Mike Hailwood, Ducati never had such recognisable success unti the World Superbike Championship Series that started with this 851 in 1988.
Ducati required a modern day superbike to replace the ageing air cooled TT and F1 race bikes. So a collaboration between Ducati and Cosworth Engineering in the UK was undertaken to design a new Water Cooled Twin Cylinder Engine for the new 851. Cosworth designed the Desmodromic heads for the all new Ducati liquid cooled engine and paired with a Weber Marelli open loop electronic fuel injection system (originally designed for the Ferrari F40) the project was a great success and the 851 was a true revelation, it was a highly desirable motorcycle and the Racing Tricolore became instantly collectible. This was a true Ducati Superbike for the modern era, it was also the first ever motorcycle to have Superbike actually written on it and had immediate success on the race track winning not only the very first WSBK race at Donington, but also the 1988 and 1989 Battle of the Twins Championships. Soon after this powerplant carried Raymond Roche, Doug Pollen, Carl Forgarty and Troy Corser to eight World Superbike Championships. It continued its developement through the 851SP, 888SP and 916 and 996SPS range until it was replaced with the fabulous Testastretta engine introduced in the 996r in 2001.
The 851 prototype was actually introduced in 1987 and was immediately successful in racing. The prototype (dressed in the Italian flag colours, Green, Red and White, now known as the three coloured, Tricolore livery) took Marco Luccinelli to its debut victory in the American Daytona Battle of the Twins. This was confirmation to Ducati that the Big Twin was extremely competetive. Immediately the Bologna outfit applied to enter the WSBK championship for its inaugural season. At this point Ducati were producing less than 3800 motorcycles per year. Under Cagiva ownership the company were desperate to get Ducati into competition and compete against the Japanese manufactures 750 V4s. Using a V Twin motor was ambitious but in true Ducati style, built an ultra exotic and expensive limited edition racer that would require minor modifications for competition use. Taking full advantage of the homologation rules, the small Borgo Panigale manufacturer built an out of the box production race bike using the highest quality components. 207 Tricolore Kit Bike examples were built meeting the governing bodies criteria of then, building a minimum of 200 examples to enable it to compete in WSBK as we know today.
These 207 hand built homologation specials were incredibly difficult to source as they were sold and distributed through the racing industry, generally to private race teams. They were produced with, Michelin Radial Slick Tires, Conti Black Chrome Race Exhausts, Brembo Brakes, Marzocchi Forks, A braced Swingarm and lightweight Magnesium Marvic Wheels. The new engine was modified by the factory and in full race trim was capable of producing 132 bhp, however out of the crate with a factory claimed power output of 120bhp with a slightly detuned motor most probably due to reliability issues.  It also included a ventilated dry clutch, a close ratio gearbox and race ready camshafts. Surprisingly it had a front headlight and rear tail light, however speedometer indicators and mirrors were excluded. The race bike also came with a Paddock Stand, a substantial spares kit along with some special tools. The Kit Bike was in such demand, that Ducati immediately followed with another Limited Edition as a street legal version, a lower specification version of just 310 examples were produced called the Tricolore Strada. Many of these versions have been modified to look like a Tricolore Racing and have popped up in Auctions over the past few years, however care must be taken in identifying this as values are significantly lower.
The 851 Racing was a very capable race bike. So good in fact that it also won the very first ever World Superbike Race with Marco Lucchinelli at Donington Park. In June 1988, 207 Tricolore Racing Kit Bikes were produced with a list price of 26,500,000.00 Italian Lira (14,500.00 euro). Fifty four examples were sent straight to the US to enable it to compete in privateer race teams in the AMA and BOTT championships. Race teams in Europe, Japan and Australia purchased the remainder, however a handful of these examples were purchased by private collectors from race team owners, this includes our example n.155 of 207 which has remained with its single owner to date.

155 our example,
Produced 29 June 1988, our 851 was delivered to its single owner and apart from a quick lap of the owners car park on its maiden delivery, n155 has been dry stored and kept in the owners home in an enviable part of the world completely preserved for 31 years.
It is very rare indeed to find an historic motorcycle in its original configuration as it left the factory, complete with original tires, spares kit and special tools as provided here. There are no fewer than 83 unopened original Cagiva packages included and such a find deserves to be in a museum, if not of Bologna then of a motorsport exhibition of the highest order.

We cannot place enough testament to its owner whos dedication and care has shown it, the care includes regular recommissioning every few years and starting of the engine. This takes time, expense and is extremely unusual and unimaginable in the world we live today.

N 155, is without doubt worthy of the most discerning collections and has to be in our opinion, one of the best Ducati investments available on the market today. It shows a few minor aged related blemishes, however has never received any paint or replacement parts other than replacement belts and chain. It is quite possibly the only remaining unused 851 Tricolore Kit Bike on its original out of the crate Michelin Radial Tires and full Kit Performance Parts included by the factory in the World.
For more information, a short video or even a quick chat, please call or email. We have UK and Italian facilities and it is possible for viewing in Italy or the UK at a selected dealer.

Ducati Collectors Note, offers like this do not come around often, this is an extremely rare Jewel for any collection, a very special Ducati and one of the first ever Ducati Superbikes. The first ever homologation production special and first ever race winner of a World Superbike Race. Ducati built the Tricolore to go racing, for the inaugural season of the World Superbike Championship in 1988. Not only an extremely rare example (rumour less than 30 remain), but a new unused, totally preserved Tricolore KIT. Apart from quick lap around its single owners car park in 1988, this factory supplied superbike is quite possibly the only new remaining example with spares kit on original tires the world. it is very rare indeed to find an historic motorcycle in this original configuration, exactly as it left the factory, complete with original Michelins & 83 piece spare parts kit and special tools in original Cagiva packaging.This Ducati deserves to be in a museum, a unique oportunity.


Price £49000 Offers invited
Ad Type For Sale
Category Motorcycles
Make Ducati
Model 851
  851 Tricolore Racing
Year 1988
Country Italy
Town Newport
Telephone 0039 0858509173
Status Trade
E-mail
Date 12-Jul-2019
Ref C1120026
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