Friday, 2 March 2012

Help with a Hailwood from Hexagon of Highgate?

Stuart emailed us these pictures of his Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica, and needs help:

"I am restoring number 146 of the first 200 Ducati 900 Replicas, nut and bolt sadly as the bike is one owner from new but sadly in need of some tender loving care (don't be fooled by the condition in the pictures).
I am trying to make the bike as accurate as possible, the nuts and bolts are all being bright zinc plated, not using stainless steel and I've done a lot of research to find what the original finish should be.
The bike was originally supplied by Hexagon of Highgate, North London - an Italian Bike specialist of the 1970s and 80s. I have some early photos of the bike and can see the dealer rear numberplate - unfortunatley it has been broken in the past and is missing. You can see it in one of the photos I have attached.
I'd like to make up a replica dealer plate and need a good photo of an original to have copied - would you be able to put me in touch with someone who has an original Hexagon of Highgate numberplate on their bike and that I can get detailed photos of?
Would very much appreciate any help you can offer."

Love the top photo of the MHR at the Ducati factory in the 1980s. I was born just down the road from North Hill in Highgate, and remember the Hexagon showroom well. They sold Guzzis, Ducatis and BMWs. Hexagon still exists, and Stuart has contacted them, but anyone else out there got a Hexagon-supplied bike with original dealer number plate? Email here if so.


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