1991 Ducati 851SP3
Introduced in 1987, the 851 range is regarded as the model that saved Ducati from extinction. Successor to the traditional air-cooled two-valve 900SS, the tiny factory’s previous dedication to technological development had become almost stagnate due to continued funding shortages from having State ownership. However, with arrival of Claudio Castiglioni, new investment from his Cagiva budget gave the green light to a significant boost to R&D, Massimo Bordi wasted no time in developing his water-cooled 4-V cylinder head project. Bordi had used the 4-V concept in 1973 for his thesis at the University of Bologna, and with Cagiva funding his updated ideas came into production as the Desmoquattro.
Based on the Pantah motor but with liquid cooling, fuel injection, and those beautiful desmodromic four valve heads, the 851 made Ducati once again competitive in motorcycle racing. First with the 1987/8 Tricolore ‘Kit’, then 1989 saw the very first SBK homologation SP model, the 851SP; 1990 was the SP2 which introduced the first 888cc engine, which continued with the 1991 851 SP3, 1992 888 SP4, and the final homologation special, the 888 SP5.
This particular example is a beautiful 2-owner low kilometre 851 SP3, build number 70. Delivered new in New Zealand the bike sat in a small collection until 2016 when it was acquired by the present owner. Presently located in NZ, this bike has travelled only 3,666k’s from new. Unlike so may SP models, this one has the rear guard intact and has retained the original Ducati/Cagiva mufflers. There is a minor scuff on the L/H SS muffler band that could be repaired, and similarly minor dent in the L/H pipe but beyond that it is beautifully original and shows perfect patina for it’s minimal use. The advertised price excludes shipping and arrival charges.
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Stock No: CB-SP3
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