The Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica was introduced in 1979 to celebrate Hailwood’s epic victory at Isle of Man TT the year before. Based around the existing 900SS the model proved so popular that some 7000 units were produced until production stopped in 1985. During this time it evolved into different series, the modifications being largely cosmetic until the final 1000cc ‘Mille’ version was introduced in 1984.
These Ducatis have become highly collectable not only for their styling based on the original factory race bike of ’78 but also for the legendary ‘Bevel Drive’ V twin engine. The first 200 examples are rare and highly prized by collectors as they feature a different fuel tank and do not carry the homologation numbers of the later bikes.
This example registered in the UK 20th May 1980 is the 17th bike produced with just four recorded owners. Having completed some 30,000 miles in the first 14 years it was laid up in 1996 until the engine was rebuilt in 2012 by Baines Racing. After covering another 4,000 miles further restoration work was carried out by Ducati specialist Motori di Marino which included repair and repaint to the bodywork and a repaint of the frame and a service.
In excellent overall condition and in fine running order this MHR is among the earliest examples currently on offer and a must for any serious Ducati collector. Currently fitted with S2 wheels the original Speedline wheels are with it, along with the single seat hump, old MoT’s and bills for the work completed.