How did the uglier Ducati 916 become more valuable?

The debate over whether the Ducati 916 is the most beautiful sports motorcycle ever continues, and its end is still in sight.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so they say, but many are of the opinion that the Ducati 916 (launched in 1994) is much more attractive than Honda’s, MV Agusta’s and Aprilia’s models. Regardless of whether you personally agree with that statement, it is certain that the creation of the famous Massimo Tamburini set new standards by creating a silhouette that will serve as a model for all future sports two-wheelers.

However, not every Ducati 916 captivates with its looks.

If you lived in Australia in those years, and you wanted a new 916, you should have prepared for the shock. Namely, the regulations of that time also affected the appearance of the front part of the Italian machine. The reason is the fact that the dual configuration of the headlights did not meet them.

This means that over the years, all examples of this model for export to this country had an ordinary headlight, similar in appearance to the Holden Commodore model, popularly called “lighthouse”.

Looking at this solution, it seems that Ducati was so appalled by the idea of ​​changing something on the motorcycle, that the new design took about 5 minutes of work.

The end result is a headlight that looks like it is glued to a motorcycle and that does not match its design in any way.

In the meantime, the owners of the 916 in Australia installed the original headlight, so today it is difficult to find a copy with the “lighthouse” headlight. And as it happens, everything that is valuable becomes expensive.

That’s why a 1997 Ducati 916, with its original “lighthouse” headlight, was recently sold for a considerable sum of money. The exact amount is not known, but we know that before the end of the auction, it exceeded the amount of 17,800 euros.

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