A collector in Australia is auctioning off his motorcycles and memorabilia, and it reflects his passion for Italian motorcycles. Highlights include some classic MV Agustas as well some Ducati collectibles.
Here’s an interesting story about Daniel from Donington Auctions, who’s in charge of auctioning off the collection: “In 2002, Daniel was the successful bidder in a Riders for Health Charity Auction raising funds for the distribution of medical supplies on motorbikes in Africa (one of only a few charities formally supported by the MotoGP). The prize was the choice to attend any MotoGP in the world as VIP guest and Daniel chose, Mugello, in part due to his passion for all things Italian.
Once he reached Italy, he was entertained by the COE and CFO of Ducati with a special tour of the museum and factory. Ducati also supplied Daniel with a new 600 monster to ride from the factory in Bologna to the racetrack in Mugello. Daniela says it was the ‘ride of his life!’ and that, luckily, he was able to keep up with the other guys from Ducati on more powerful 900s, weaving through the traffic.
When they arrived at Mugello, he was given the honour of unveiling the new Ducati MotoGP bike to the world press, in honour of the charity he was representing. The fitted cover used to conceal the bike prior to the unveiling is signed by the full team who worked on the bike and will be a prized lot in the auction.”
Here are the bikes:
1975 MV Agusta 750 America (estimated to sell between $80,000-$100,000). Imported to Australia in 2007, this was “sensitively restored” in 2018 and is ready to ride with an aftermarket headlight and Magni exhaust. The odometer has 17,650 kilometers and it’s in good shape except for a small dent in the tank.
There’s also a 750S America project (estimated to sell between $15,000-$25,000):
1969 Yamaha TD1C (estimated to sell between $50,000-$60,000). One of 320 examples, the seller acquired it in 1996 to rae but he instead had it restored. Race history is unknown.
1975 Magni MV Agusta Project (estimated to sell between $32,000-$40,000). Daniel bought this as a project while in Italy and imported it to Australia in 2003. He accumulated most of the parts needed to complete the project, though it’s still missing engine cases, transmission, crank carrier, and gear cam drive – Donington’s says that they are all “readily available”, I hope they’re right!
1973 Ducati 750 GT Imola Replica (estimated to sell between $25,000-$35,000). This is “a personal recreation of an original 1972/73 Imola factory racer,” with a SS fairing, high exhaust, fiberglass tank, custom seat, 18″ front wheel, Marzocchi shocks, rearsets, and a second Brembo disk brake up front.