Post-Listing Update: This Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus Edition was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown.
The little brother of the bike that put Ducati back on the map, the 748 was produced in many variations. None were more rare than the Ducati 748L, also known as the Neiman Marcus edition. Only 100 were produced in 1998, and they were exclusively sold through the Neiman Marcus catalog.
Though the 748L is the rarest of the 748’s, unfortunately the only differences were cosmetic. You got the unique metallic Mercury paint, as well as a carbon fiber front fender and chain guard. The rest was the same as the base Biposto bike – a 748cc twin engine that produced 95 horsepower and 54 pound feet of torque – less horsepower than its Japanese competition but with a better torque spread.
This specific Ducati 748L is claimed to be a barn find and it has all of two miles on the odometer. The owner has had 3 of these bikes, but this is obviously the lowest-usage of the bunch. It has not been started since 1998 – it basically had the dealer prep done and then stuck in a barn by the original buyer, who fell ill. The bike has never been titled or registered. I’m very curious to see what the buyer of this bike will want to do. What makes this bike so rare is just cosmetics, and the low mileage. As it’s just a prettied-up base model, it would make more sense to get a 748R if you actually wanted to ride this bike. And it will need plenty of service before it’s ready to run again. I guess it’s destined for life in a museum or as a show piece, but I don’t think it’s interesting enough to merit such status. Only time will tell! While looking at photos of this bike, I noticed the billiards room looked familiar – we’ve featured a Ducati 999S from this same seller in the past.
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