The only Ferrari motorcycle ever built was recently sold off at an auction. This unique bike was built by British engineer David Kay in 1990 as a tribute to the marque’s founder, Enzo Ferrari.
A private British collector has been the owner of the bike for the past 17 years. The owner used to have the Ferrari bike on display in the drawing room of his luxury home but decided to put the Ferrari 900 under the hammer.
Why did Ferrari build a one off motorbike?
Ferrari didn’t actually build this bike themselves, David Kay wrote to Enzo Ferrari’s son Piero, requesting permission to build a one-off motorbike sporting the famous Ferrari prancing horse logos, and in May 1990 Kay got the reply he wanted: the approval to place the Ferrari logo on your motorbike. David completed the bike in 1995.
The Ferrari 900 took Kay approximately 3,000 man-hour to complete, it was completely built from scratch and features a 900cc four cylinder engine that produces 105 hp. It can hit 60mph in less than three seconds and has a top speed of 160mph.
The two double curvature megaphone exhausts are too beautiful to merely funnel exhaust gasses from engine to atmosphere. The noise of this bike is like a Messerschmitt chasing a Spitfire, said David Kay.
The auction took place at Bonhams in Stafford, UK in April 2012 and managed to make an impressive £85’500 British pounds which is around 137’000 US dollars.
A spokesperson from Bonhams had this to say:
“This bike is in immaculate condition. This work of art is one of many headline bikes we have on sale this year. I have never in all the time I’ve been working here seen such an unbelievable standard of bikes, we’ve never had this standard of auction before.”
Even though it’s been around for a while this is the first time that I have ever heard of a Ferrari motorcycle. Ok, so it may not have been built by the company itself but it is the only official bike in the world with the prancing pony logo, how cool is that?
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