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The result is a finish that has the same appearance as the original but with the enduring qualities of stainless steel. The Ducati NCR of 1978 was the bike Mike Hailwood made his legendary comeback on, returning to the Isle of Man Mountain Circuit to win the Formula One race after an 11-year self-imposed exile from mainstream motorcycle racing at the geriatric (at least in racing terms) age of 38 years.

Located close to the Ducati factory in the Borgo Panigale district of Bologna, Italy's NCR was Ducati's original, albeit external, racing department and in 1978, NCR produced a small batch of 25 machines for homologation purposes for the Formula 1 class of the 1978 Formula TT World Championships – the championship is now defunct, having largely been replaced by the World Superbike Championships in 1990.

The NCR Ducati for sale here is one of only five manufactured for the 1979 season using the "round case" engine with an 88 mm bore and 74.4 mm stroke for a displacement of 905 cc.

The frame and engine are the original pairing as confirmed by an accompanying document of authentication.

The bike has had only two owners, both collectors, and the engine has been taken apart only once, by a German Ducati expert to determine its originality and condition, the process being extensively documented with numerous photographs.

Indeed, Vincents make up nearly 20 percent of our top 250 listing and the three most expensive Vincents of all-time to sell at auction are a 1948 Black Lightning (5,303 – sold for £246,000), a 1939 Series-A Rapide (6,775 – sold for £225,500) and another 1939 Series-A Rapide (7,291 – sold for £198,400).

The bike for sale has been in the vendor's ownership for 28 years and is offered with a most substantial history file containing an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1945), expired Mo Ts, an original Coventry Eagle instruction book and range brochure (1924), restoration and maintenance notes, sketches, photocopied literature, press cuttings, photographs, invoices, correspondence, etc.

The following lot to the above at the Stafford sale is a 1924 Coventry Eagle Flying Eight "project" which came from the same estate.

The similarities between the Brough Superior and Coventry Eagle Flying Eight are many, with the Coventry firm's Percy Mayo and George Brough having become acquainted while on active service during WWI.

Percy was the son of Coventry Eagle's founder, Edmund Mayo and George Brough and he had based their friendship upon their similar taste in motorcycles.

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