Up for auction by Bonhams at the Staffordshire County Showground in England at the end of the month is a 1995 Ferrari 900-cc motorcycle by David Kay Engineering. Along with the prancing horse, the one-of-a-kind bike comes with quite a story.
When MV Agusta engineer David Kay requested permission to build a one-off motorcycle complete with Ferrari logo in 1990 in honour of his late father, he got a letter back from Piero Ferrari containing “approval to place the Ferrari badge on your motorbike.”
Powered by a 900-cc DOHC 4-cylinder scratch-built engine and featuring Terry Hall-built aluminum bodywork, the bike reportedly sounds like “a Messerschmitt chasing a Spitfire.” It was never tested to its full capacity, but has an estimated top speed of 265 km/h, produces 105 bhp and weighs only 172 kg.
Kay’s inspired came from Enzo Ferrari’s having started his motorcycle racing days on a Scott two-stroke; the project took more than 3,000 hours to complete. It has spent most of its life in Kay’s drawing room. Bonhams estimates it will go for between $120,000 and $160,000.