Ferrari Motorcycle 1995 make with 900cc engine to be auctioned by Bonhams (Photos)
The Ferrari two wheeler here will be up for auction this Sunday. It all started when David Kay wrote to Enzo Ferrari’s son Piero requesting permission to build a single motorcycle depicting the prancing horse logo for Ferrari. A letter followed dated May 23, 1990 signed by the son of the well known auto company, granting his permission and approval to place the Ferrari badge on the motorcycle. After 3000 hours of labor, this legendary this legendary motorcycle in images here, was produced.
Ferrari Motorcycle was built over four years, from start to finish. It is powered by a 900cc engine generating 105 bhp @ 8,800 rpm with double overhead camshaft, four cylinders, eight valve unit and a gearbox of five speed. The entire structure was built out of aluminum. The front end was seen with Forcelle Italia upside down forks, thin piston Brembo disc brakes in the front and rear with 17” Astralite wheels. It has a top speed of 265 km per hour and weighs only 172 kgs.
Bonhams has been entrusted with the auction of this bike which is a marvelous piece of engineering and would find place of pride in any museum. The auction will take place on 29 Apr 2012 noon Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground.
1995 Ferrari 900cc Motorcycle by ‘David Kay Engineering’
Frame no. SF-O1M
Engine no. SF-O1M
It all started when David Kay wrote to Enzo Ferrari’s son Piero, requesting to build a one-off motorcycle sporting the famous prancing horse badge in tribute to his late father. In a letter dated Maranello, 23rd May 1990 and signed by P. Ferrari himself (included in the comprehensive press and information file on this lot) Kay receives: ‘the approval to place the Ferrari badge on your motorbike’ and is wished good luck with his project. When highly reputed MV Agusta ‘guru’ David Kay set about building this unique piece of engineering from scratch, he looked towards both the future and the past, as he thought of what may have been if Ferrari would have decided to produce a GT or endurance racing machine. Kay was inspired by the fact that Enzo had started his racing on a Scott two-stroke machine and so a project representing over 3,000 man-hours of work was launched.
The engine is a ‘scratch built’ 900cc, transverse, double overhead camshaft, four cylinder, eight valve unit with magnesium and alloy casings, driven through a five speed gearbox. The tubular chassis is made of Reynolds 531 tube, engineering on the motorcycle is irreproachable and the detail is quite astounding. The attention to this is quite incredible, with the master cylinder built into the obviously one off digital instrument panel and is again portrayed with the exquisite steering damper. Terry Hall, who also produced the double curvature reverse cone megaphones, made the entire bodywork out of aluminium. In Kay’s own words these are too beautiful to merely funnel exhaust gases from engine to atmosphere; ‘the noise is like a Messerschmitt chasing a Spitfire’. The front end is very contemporary in conception with Forcelle Italia upside down forks, massive twin piston Brembo disc brakes front and rear (6 pot callipers to the front, 4 to the rear) and special 17 inch hand spun Astralite wheels. WPS twin rear shock absorbers complete the basic specification.
Four years after starting on the project, although tested but never to its full capacity, the ‘Ferrari 900’ has an estimated top speed of 265km/h producing 105bhp at 8,800rpm with a dry weight of a mere 172kg.
The bike has been featured with acclaim in worldwide publications ranging from ‘Scuderia’ in Japan, ‘Themen & Trends’ in Germany, ‘Motociclismo’ in Italy, ‘SM30’ in Spain and obviously ‘Motor Cycle News’ in the UK; not forgetting a full half page colour spread in the ‘Daily Telegraph’! With a long article in Mike Walker’s recognised work ‘The MV Story’, it has also been the star of several TV programs and exhibited at the Coventry Classic Bike show to mention just a few occasions.
Having spent most of its life in the vendor’s drawing room and rightly regarded as a unique work of art, he has now decided that the time has come for this masterpiece to find a new custodian. In today’s world of mass production, the chance to purchase this officially acknowledged one off tribute to Enzo Ferrari, may never arise again. Bonhams recommend close inspection of this magnificent piece of engineering, which would take pride of place in any museum or collection.
£75,000 – 100,000
€90,000 – 120,000
US$ 120,000 – 160,000