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This low mileage Mike Hailwood Ducati has us raiding the piggy bank

This mint condition, low mileage Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica up for auction is making us want to raid the piggy bank...

There have been more iconic Ducati motorcycles over the years that could fill many a fantasy garage, but it’s very possible the sheer mystique of the Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood replica may well be the one we’d trade over all others.

The base Ducati 900SS is already a vision to look at even today but it really pops with the distinctive red and green colour scheme, which is inspired by the recognisable Castrol oil hues.

However, it’s the reason for this model’s existence that gets us into a lather. As many will know, the model was created by Ducati to celebrate Mike Hailwood’s incredible victory on the 1978 Isle of Man TT.

The first man to win three races in one week on the 1961 Isle of Man TT, Hailwood went on to clinch four consecutive 500cc World Championships, winning a remarkable 76 races out of 152 starts on GP machinery between 1958 and 1967.

Going on to swap two wheels for four, Hailwood competed with modest success in Formula 1 World Championship, claiming two podiums until he walked away from the sport in 1974.

However, it was Hailwood’s comeback to motorcycle racing in 1978 after an 11-year hiatus that assured his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest, so much so that it will form the basis of a blockbuster film very soon.

Few expected Hailwood to be competitive after such a long period out, but he went on to claim victory on a Ducati 900SS supplied by a Manchester dealership in front of record crowds.

As such, the Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood replica was the physical product of this success, which is what makes this particular model we are featuring here so very special.

Purchased from a Ducati collector, it is in mint condition and has completed just 11,713 miles, making it a proper work of art.

The model is about to go under the hammer in the latest Mecum auction, alongside a number of other iconic models that you can browse right here… maybe the house could use another mortgage after all!
 

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