Introduced for 1994, the Massimo Tamburini-styled 916 superbike and its subsequent evolutions captured the motorcycling public's imagination and established Ducati as one of the world's foremost brand names. Within a short time the original 916 Strada was superseded by the Biposto (two-seat) version and the higher specification SP ('Sport Production'). In 1996 Ducati offered the broadly similar SP3, which was followed by the ultra-exclusive 916 SPS ('Sport Production Special') that used a 996cc engine. Also during 1996, a small number of 955 SPA ('Sport Production America') models was completed for homologation in AMA Superbike racing. Although the 955cc engine also went into the over-the-counter racers, its only use in a road-going Ducati was in the US-only 955 SPA of 1996.
Independently imported as a new motorcycle and first registered in June 1996, this rare and highly collectible Ducati 955 SPA was purchased by the vendor's late father, its fourth owner, in August 2004 (sales invoice on file). The machine has been securely stored since its owner passed away in August 2015, and has been started regularly. The odometer reading is circa 14,000 miles. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of expired MoTs, a V5C Registration Certificate and sundry invoices, including some from marque specialists, Pro Twins. Carbon-fibre fairing panels are fitted.