Audi‘s window for exclusive negotiation rights with Ducati has closed, but the German automaker is still expected to announce the acquisition of the Italian motorcycle brand this week. Volkswagen-owned Audi had exclusive rights to discuss acquiring Ducati until April 15, and though other suitors may now begin negotiations, Audi remains the front-runner. Last week, Reuters […]
Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Featuring Silverman Ducatis
Silverman Museum Racing will add a number of rare and historic Ducati motorcycles to the upcoming Bonhams motorcycle auction at Bally’s Hotel and Casino, January 9, 2014. This is in addition to the impressive collection of Harley-Davidsons from the Pierce collection headlining the auction.
Comprised of Italian thoroughbreds, the Silverman collection is one of the most renowned in the world and is based largely around competition models. For instance, featured is a 1973 750SS Imola Short Stroke.
Based on the motorcycle that roared to victory in the 1972 Imola GP capturing both first and second places with factory riders Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari, this is the model that launched the Ducati legend.
Next is the 1974 750SS Green Frame Round Case. This 750SS was never sold new in the US, increasing its value and among Ducatisti. With its boisterous symphony, powerful motor and low production numbers, this represents one of the finest and most desirable of all Ducatis.
Also up for auction is a brand new 1978 Ducati 900 NCR, the same model that propelled legendary racer Mike Hailwood to a victorious comeback at the Isle of Man and Mallory Park after an incredible 11 year hiatus!
Perhaps most noteworthy, however, is the original condition 1984 750SS TT1 campaigned by Pablo Real. In addition to being the progenitor of the extremely successful four-valve Ducati racers that paved the way for world Superbike domination, TT1 models are incredibly rare and are hardly ever seen for sale. This is a truly special occasion, as this one comes with documented race history. Better still, not one but two TT1s are being offered!
Other multiple same-model machines from this astounding collection include two or more TT2s, F1 Desmos and F1 Montjuics, in addition to the many other fine examples from the group.
The Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction will take place at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday 9 January 2014. Detailed information about each motorcycle will be listed in the published catalogue available in December. To order a catalogue, register to bid in person or by phone, and to learn more about other motorcycles in this anticipated auction, visit bonhams.com/vegas.