Bologna showed off the bike that would become the 2002 Ducati MH900e at the 1998 Intermot show, on the 20th anniversary of Mike Hailwood's comeback win at the 1978 Isle of Man TT. In true Italian fashion, it took another two years before the bike was ready for orders, which opened online at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000. Sales were directly through Ducati at $15,000. The first model year's worth sold out in 30 minutes.
The production run carried on through the 2002 model year, with 2,000 bikes eventually making their way to Ducatisti. What they got was a hand-built chassis, including a trellis frame and single-sided trellis swingarm, hung around a 900cc air-cooled twin that pumped out around 75 horsepower. The engine was fairly standard fare, but the rest of the bike absolutely was not.
This one has been kept in a museum, and has never had gas put in it or a battery hooked up. It has been left as it was after it was uncrated and bolted together. It is a late-production example, number 1,880 out of the 2,000-bike total.
From the eBay listing:
You are purchasing a
2002 DUCATI MH900E MIKE HAILWOOD #1880 OF 2000 MV.
EXCELLENT CONDITION. HAS 0 MILES. THIS IS #1,880 OF 2,000 EVER MADE. THIS MOTORCYCLE HAS NEVER BEEN USED, BATTERY HAS NEVER BEEN SERVICED, FUEL TANK HAS NEVER BEEN FILLED. IT HAS BEEN DISPLAYED IN A LOCAL MUSEUM ALL THIS TIME. FROM THE M. VANN COLLECTION. HAS SOME VERY VERY MINOR SCRATCHES AND BLEMISHES CANT BE SEEN IN THE PHOTOS. COLLECTORS BIKE, BUY AS IS.
OTHER BIKES FROM M. VANN COLLECTION AVAILABLE CALL FOR DETAILS.
CLEAN TITLE. VIN# ZDM1LA4N72B001603
WE CAN HELP YOU ARRANGE FREIGHT TO ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD. (MUST ADHERE TO AND COMPLY WITH EBAY RULES)
WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF SHIPPING CONTACTS, SHIPPING CRATES AND PACKAGING MATERIALS TO PROPERLY PACK YOUR MOTORCYCLE FOR SAFE DELIVERY
BIKE IS BEING SOLD WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR CUSTOMER TO PICK-UP. BUT FOR EXTRA CHARGE WE CAN HELP YOU SHIP IT ANYWHERE.
WE DO HAVE CRATES IN STOCK, CALL US TO GET A QUOTE. WE SHIP ALL OVER THE WORLD.
BUY AS IS.
The asking price is as astonishing as the condition of the bike, and the seller clearly expects that its next steward will keep it in as-built, unridden condition. There is a solid argument for that, as you can pick up a very nice MH900e for less than half this ask if you are looking to ride and display.