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One-Off Ferrari Motorcycle Fails to Sell at Auction

 One-Off Ferrari Motorcycle Fails to Sell at Auction
One-Off Ferrari MotorCycle

David Kay-designed Ferrari 900 was built as tribute to Enzo Ferrari

Fans of two- and four-wheeled performance: what would you pay for a Ferrari motorcycle?

The answer is apparently, "not £180,000." That's the amount for which this one-off bike, designed and constructed in the early 1990s by David Kay Engineering and the only motorcycle to officially carry the prancing horse badge, failed to sell when it went up for auction in Switzerland on Saturday.

Kay, known for his work with MV Agusta, requested permission from Piero Ferrari to use the famed logo on the bike, which was designed and built as a tribute to the late Enzo Ferrari. Ferrari's letter granting permission for the venture is included with the motorcycle's documents. The bike became known as the Ferrari 900, and it remains the only one of its kind.

"Ferrari" or not, it's an impressive vehicle. Power is provided by a unique 105hp 900cc DOHC 8v four-cylinder engine, mounted transversely and connected to a five-speed gearbox. The aluminum bodywork is fashioned to mimic the familiar Ferrari strakes, and a distinct exhaust note is ensured by the double-curvature, reverse-cone megaphone exhaust. Brembo brakes front and rear, hand-spun 17-inch Astralite wheels, Forcelle Italia upside-down front forks and WPS twin shocks at the rear round out the specifications.

The Ferrari 900 has been featured in many publications but has never been ridden to its full potential; this bike is more a work of engineering art than it is a performance vehicle. Perhaps that's why it failed to find a new owner at the recent Swiss auction. Better luck next time.

Source: MCN
Published Dec 23, 2008 3:33 pm By Christopher Jackson

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dimeNickel
ill go for the japanese bikes over this disgrace
Dec 26, 2008 8:26 am
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duderino99
I mean that one-off and unique Ferrari lawnmower everyone's talking about.
Dec 24, 2008 11:52 pm
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duderino99
I'd buy those semi-new tyres. Also interested in that lawnmower.
Dec 24, 2008 11:47 pm
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Joe_Limon
this one? http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images/2007-11/ferrari-lawnmower.jpg
Dec 25, 2008 10:20 am
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jdmgtr
That's not a Ferrari, that's a Lotus.
Dec 26, 2008 1:09 am
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LP560_4
I put a ferrari-sticker on my lawnmower, anyone interested on buying it? i did that too. anyone wanna buy mine?
Dec 24, 2008 5:30 pm
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jdmgtr
If this motorcycle was a "David Kay" made motorcycle, wouldn't that mean it's not a Ferrari at all? For it to be a Ferrari, it would need to be made in a FERRARI FACTORY in the confines of Maranello or Modena. I see no such information, therefore I must conclude it's worth about 900 dollars.
Dec 24, 2008 9:30 am
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hofmeyer
hey alex_w115- and i think i might be interested in that mower. what do you want for it?????
Dec 24, 2008 5:09 am
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hofmeyer
what a waste of a ferrari sticker. 105hp from a 900cc is not impressive. for $12000 you could get a japanese liter bike that would show its tail lights to this thing every time. that would leave you $250000 (at current exchange rate) to buy a car with a real ferrari badge.
Dec 24, 2008 5:08 am
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bimmerjared
In the early 90's 105hp out of a 900cc inline four was respectable and in line with the japanese litre bikes of that day. The reason it's collectable is because ferrari granted him permission to build this machine to honor Enzo Ferrari. It's not about performance, it's a one off bike. Is it worth 180k? Who knows, it's worth what some turd with too much cash will pay.
Nov 11, 2009 6:47 pm
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alex_w115
I put a ferrari-sticker on my lawnmower, anyone interested on buying it?
Dec 24, 2008 2:33 am
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Tuner_Mad
Try selling it for 100k instead? It may (sorta) be a ferrari, but man that ain't a design that will get a second glance by most people (unless you want to look at the badge.)
Dec 24, 2008 2:04 am
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Wickedated
This is not a Ferrari motorcycle, it's a bike built by a guy in a garage, except he pulled a few strings and got "permission" to put the logo on the fuel tank. And now he wants 180k for it. Does Ferrari know that? I'm sure they would deny the permission if they found out this guy intended to flip it some 20 years later.
Dec 24, 2008 1:55 am
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xtravaganzagold
what a crap !
Dec 24, 2008 12:43 am
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BabyMilo
well im not suprised, who wants a ferrari motorbike??
Dec 23, 2008 11:51 pm
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bakrione
i do, if it looks decent!
Dec 25, 2008 7:47 pm
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janobr
arent Kimi Raikkonen's iceman and iceman II bikes made and branded as ferrari too?
Dec 23, 2008 10:40 pm
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