Lot 461: 1987 Ducati 750cc F1 Laguna Seca
Considered by many enthusiasts to be the last of the ‘real’ (pre-Cagiva take-over) Ducatis, the race-styled F1 first appeared in 1985. First seen in prototype form in endurance races in 1983, the F1’s 750cc engine was the latest in a long line of stretches applied to the original 500c ‘belt drive’ Desmo unit that had first appeared in the Pantah in 1979. An markedly over-square unit of 88x61.5mm bore/stroke, the F1’s engine produced around 60bhp and functioned as a stressed element within the frame, the swinging arm pivoting in the rear of the gearbox. Clearly visible above the deliberately cut away fairing sides, the aforementioned frame attracted almost as much attention as the engine: a trellis of short, straight tubes, it has formed the basis of every Ducati since, including the Desmosedici Moto GP racer. In the fashion of the day, the F1 came with a 16” front wheel, while braking power was provided by state-of-the-art triple Brembos. The stock F1 was complemented by a series of hand-built limited edition race replicas – Montjuich, Santamonica and Laguna Seca – the last being named in honour of Marco Lucchinelli’s famous Battle of the Twins victory at Daytona in 1986. Based on the works racers, the Laguna Seca came with bigger carburettors, higher compression ratio, bigger valves, less restrictive exhaust and straight-cut primary drive gears. Built in strictly limited numbers and priced at around 25
bove the stock F1, the Laguna Seca was one of the most exclusive motorcycles of its time and today is highly prized by Ducati collectors.
Offered from long term ownership and with a mere 4,000 dry kilometres under its wheels, this machine is number ‘87’ of 200 made and comes with Moto Vecchia (Cagiva-Ducati GB Ltd) certificate of authenticity. The machine is offered with race kit (unused), current road fund licence and Swansea V5.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£4945|
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