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LOT 176

1973 Ducati 750-S Frame no. DM750S 753343 Engine no. 753124 DM750

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$50,000
Lot 176
1973 Ducati 750-S
Frame no. DM750S 753343 Engine no. 753124 DM750

1973 Ducati 750-S
Frame no. DM750S 753343
Engine no. 753124 DM750

• Iconic motorcycle from the 1970s
• Only 1625 made
• Period correct fairing

Essentially known for there small-bore singles, Ducati entered in a new era thanks to its engineer and designer Fabio Taglioni who managed to develop a 90 v-twin that would bring unprecedented success to the company on the track and on the roads. Created in 1971, that engine will know its first success a year later in Imola with Paul Smart's victory at the Formula 750 race. Based on the original 750 GT tourer, the 750 Sport was an altogether more exciting looking beast and backed up its stunning looks with improved performance courtesy of a maximum power hike from 50 to 56bhp. Built only until 1974, the Sport underwent minor changes to its front fork and disc brake but otherwise changed little, and was only ever sold in the classic yellow/black livery shared with the Desmo singles. First of a noble line of sporting Ducati v-twins, the 750 Sport is a true landmark machine; much rarer than, for example, the later Mike Hailwood Replica, it is one of the most sought-after of all Ducatis. Only 1,625 were made – the majority between 1973 and 1974, with a handful built for Australia in 1978 – of which only 200 were officially imported into the USA (in 1974).
The 750 Sport's arrival coincided with the 'café racer' movement catching on in the USA, and the 'Duke' gained an instant following with, among others, the editors at The Wonderful World of Café Racers: 'The motorcycle's handling is so stable that ineptitude becomes mere mediocrity, mediocrity in turn graduates to competence and competence blossoms into sheer corner-swooping finesse.'
The 750-S presented here is in very nice cosmetic condition. The bike was imported by the previous owner in 2011 from Canada to California. The seller reports that the bike was restored in Canada, and was gifted with dual Scarab brakes as well as an electronic ignition. The bike also comes with a color matching, period correct fairing, a later steel tank, correct 'Oval' contis and Borrani rims and 32mm carburetors.


As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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