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The world’s only Ferrari motorbike up for auction






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08 December 2008

by Adrian Hearn
The world’s only motorcycle to officially wear the Ferrari badge is expected to fetch a staggering £200,000 when it goes under the hammer later this month.

While many motorcycles have worn the ‘Cavallino Rampante’ Ferrari badge, they have been unofficial, customised bikes.

But this bike – while not built by Ferrari – has the blessing of the Italian supercar maker and was made to commemorate the life of Enzo Ferrari, who died in 1988.

According to Bonhams, British engineer David Kay wrote to Enzo Ferrari’s son Piero in 1990 requesting his permission to build a one-off bike to celebrate his father’s life, and use the Ferrari badge.



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Fast-forward five years and 3,000 hours of hard work and the world has it first Prancing Horse motorbike – the Ferrari 900cc motorcycle by ‘David Kay Engineering’.

As the name suggests, the Ferrari bike has a 900cc 8V engine with double overhead camshafts and develops 105bhp at 8,800rpm while weighing 172kg.

While never tested to the max, it’s claimed the Ferrari bike is capable of a top speed of 165mph.

The aluminium bike features massive Brembo brakes to stop the 17-inch hand-spun wheels while the exhaust sound is meant to resemble ‘a Messerschmitt chasing a Spitfire.’

Since its construction, the bike has featured on a host of TV programmes and appeared in magazines and at bike shows around the world.

It’s being auctioned on December 20 at The Palace Hotel, Gstaad in Switzerland through auction house Bonhams and has an estimate of 325,000 and 375,000 Swiss Francs (£180,000 - £200,000).


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