Old, new, classic, modern, slightly smudged—there is just nothing on earth to compare with a Ducati when it comes to two-wheeled wonders.

Lately we’ve been loving the rare 1970s models roaring across the auction block, and Bonhams’ Collectors’ Motorcycles sale at Shepton Mallet, UK, on February 18 doesn’t disappoint.

Expected to fetch up to about $25,000— i.e., a total steal—is this 1975 Ducati 864cc 900SS.

Ducati’s second-generation v-twin engine—the 900cc “square case”—debuted in the 860GT of 1974 and the following year was used to power the new 900SS superbike.

With an impressive top speed of 135 mph, the 900SS won instant acclaim from the motoring press at the time.

“While other flash Italian bikes are basically roadsters dressed up and pretending to be racers,” the UK’s Bike magazine declared, “this is the real thing.”

Time to get real…