Vin­cent and ex­otic Ducati Su­per­mono head­line auc­tion

Bon­hams sale in­cludes spe­cial Vin­cent and Ducati Su­per­mono

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The mas­sive Las Ve­gas mo­tor­cy­cle auc­tion is just around the cor­ner and this year 128 stun­ning bits of mo­tor­cy­cle his­tory are up for grabs. The whole list is far too long to go through but in­cludes a cou­ple of Steve Mcqueen’s old bikes, in­clud­ing a Tri­umph 5T re­stored by his mate and Great Es­cape jumper Bud Ekins, an orig­i­nal and un­re­stored 1916 Har­leyDavid­son Model 16F and the star of the show; a 1949 Vin­cent Black Light­ning.

The model on sale is one of the finest in ex­is­tence, hav­ing been fully re­stored in 2005 and is one of the most im­por­tant, too as it’s the first pro­duc­tion model made af­ter the orig­i­nal was shown at the Earl’s Court Mo­tor­cy­cle Show in 1948. .

Bon­hams sold an­other Black Light­ning this time last year, which cur­rently holds the record for the most ex­pen­sive bike sold at an auc­tion. That sold for $929,000 (ap­prox. £740,000), in­clud­ing the auc­tion­eers pre­mium.

The fa­mous auc­tion­eers have an es­ti­mate of £320,000, but Light­ning strikes twice and see it sell for a lot more than that. If in­cred­i­bly old race bikes aren’t your thing, then what about slightly newer, red­der ones?

Join­ing the Vin­cent in Las Ve­gas is a su­per-rare 1993 Ducati Su­per­mono, the leg­endary, light­weight, rac­ing single with a frame de­signed by cur­rent Ducati CEO Clau­dio Domeni­cali and styled by Pierre Terblanche.

The bike had a dummy con­rod that acted like a sec­ond pis­ton to do the job of balanc­ing out the vi­bra­tions from the highly strung, 500cc thumper and is also a car­bon fi­bre work of art, with a TT vic­tory to its name as well as act­ing as the in­spi­ra­tion for the iconic 916 that came out just one year later.

Only 65 were ever made and Bon­hams think this one will go home with some­one for around £100,000. It makes the two Des­mosedi­cis in the sale look a bit av­er­age.

On the off-chance you’ve just struck lucky on the Euromillions, visit www.bon­hams.com for more in­for­ma­tion on how to bid.

‘Duke thumper is a car­bon fi­bre work of art’

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