Super-rare Supermono sale: Classic Ducati single racer built from spares to star in NMM sale

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This mint 1990s Ducati Supermono racing single is set to star, along with not one but three classic Vincent V-twins, at an auction at the National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) in Solihull at end of July.

Although not built by Ducati itself (just 67 original examples were made at the Bologna factory between 1993 and 1995), it’s been assmbled by Supermono specialist Alistair Wager from rare ‘new old stock’ parts and is believed by him to be the last accurate continuation/replica Supermono able to be made.

Original, factory Supermonos now sell for in excess of £75,000, with this ‘new’ version is expected to go for a relative bargain £64,000-£68,000 when it’s offered for sale at the H&H Classics auction on July 20.

Ducati Supermono right side

The Supermono is arguably the finest single-cylinder production racer ever made. Unveiled in 1992, it was designed by Massimo Bordi (the desmo engine was derived from the 888’s V-twin), with Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and designer Pierre Terblanche competing on them in the then burgeoning Sound of Singles racing class.

Just 40 549cc versions were built in 1993 with a further 27 572cc versions in 1995. All, like this example, came with top-notch Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini magnesium wheels and more.

In addition to the Supermono, other star lots at the auction include not one but three classic British Vincent V-twins. These are a fully-restored 1953 Black Shadow estimated to fetch £50,000-£55,000, a similar example requiring light recommissioning with an estimate of £35,000-£45,000 and an earlier 1947 Rapide Series B set to go for £30,000-£34,000.

Allen Millyard Kawasaki KH500 Five

Other eyecatching lots in the 224-machine line-up, include the only Allen Millyard-built Kawasaki KH500 ‘five’ in the UK, RG500 and RZV500 1980s GP replicas, 1970s Japanese classics including a Suzuki GS1000S, Honda CB900F and Yamaha FS1-E, 1960s Bonnevilles, pre-war Brits, and a total of 47 classic Lambrettas and Vespas.

To get involved in the bidding, head to the H&H auction website.

Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.