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Desmo Highlight in Shannons Bike Auction

A limited-edition 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR Eight is a highlight of eight Ducatis spanning 37 years in the Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction from 11-18 November 2020.
They are part of a collection of 37 classic and collectible motorcycles and scooters in the Australian auction which has a total of 176 lots on offer.
The 200hp RR is a road-going replica of the MotoGP machine ridden to victory by Australia’s Casey Stoner in 2007.
It is powered by a liquid-cooled, D16 989cc V-four engine, with a 13,800rpm redline and 300km/h plus top speed and six-speed gearbox.
It is number 606 of the limited edition of 1500 units built worldwide, with the first reportedly going to Hollywood actor and motorcycle fan Tom Cruise.
Only 120 were allocated to Australian customers at more than $100,000 each.
Yet Shannons expects it will fetch a “bargain” price of $65,000-$75,000.
Another highlight of the eight Ducatis on offer is a 1997 Ducati 916 Senna II which has just 11km on the odometer and is number 92 of 300 built.
The model was released to commemorate Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna, an avid Ducati enthusiast and owner who endorsed its release shortly before his death in May 1994.
Ducati released three Senna editions in 1995, 1998 and 2001. Net proceeds of their sale were donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity.
It is expected to sell in the $45,000-$55,000 range.
Another collectible Ducati in the online auction is a 1986 Ducati Mike Hailwood 1000cc replica ‘Mille’, from the final year of production, regarded as one of the most collectible of these limited-edition bikes.
Introduced to celebrate the accomplishments of legendary motorcycle and F1 car race ace Mike Hailwood, the V-Twin 973cc MHR (Mike Hailwood Replica) arrived in 1984 as a replacement for the already potent 900 MHR.
The bike being auctioned is in original condition except for factory-optioned Conti mufflers.
Only 1100 Mille models were made in 1986, the final year of production. Shannons expects it to sell for $30,000-$38,000.
A Classic ‘Round Case’ 1974 Ducati 750 Sport Classic is expected to fetch a similar price.
Finished in the marque’s iconic yellow, the Ducati features Dellorto PHF32A carburettors, a steel fuel tank, Conti pipes, Borrani wheels and Brembo front brakes.
Last registered many years ago and stored for some time, the bike starts and runs well, but requires minor recommissioning.
There is also a 1973 classic bevel-drive Ducati 750 GT in original condition that comes to auction from a private collection.
About 823 were sold in Australia.
The 750 GT is expected to fetch $25,000-$30,000.
A potentially-cheaper alternative from the same era finished in period ‘orange’ is a 1978 Ducati 860 GT ‘Café Racer’ being offered with no reserve. It is expected to bring $15,000 – $18,000.
A late production 1988 750 F1 with updated spec is expected to sell for $20,000-$25,000.
Only 1801 of these bikes were produced from 1985-1986, plus 700 of the limited-edition versions.
The final bike in the Ducati lot is an original 1971 Ducati 450 Scrambler that inspired the modern range of Scramblers.
It comes in “excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition” and is expected to sell with no reserve in the $12,000 – $15,000 range.
The Sydney Auction showroom has re-opened under reduced hours of 10am-4pm, Monday – Friday; the Melbourne Auction showroom is closed due to Stage 4 restrictions.
For more details of all Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction lots, visit