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LOT 178

1974 Ducati 750 GT Frame no. DM750S756184 Engine no. DM750 756006

Sold for US$20,700 inc. premium
Lot 178
1974 Ducati 750 GT
Frame no. DM750S756184 Engine no. DM750 756006

1974 Ducati 750 GT
Frame no. DM750S756184
Engine no. DM750 756006

• Known as the bike that made Ducati
• The bike 'everyone wanted to ride home'
• Original condition with nice patina

It's been called the motorcycle that made Ducati. Before the 750 GT, the Italian company was best known for its small-bore singles; but after fabled Ingegnere Fabio Taglioni arranged two cylinders in a 90-degree vee in 1971, the modern Ducati sporting V-twin was born. It was a blueprint for success the company follows to this day.

The engine's 90-degree layout made for exceptional smoothness but a lengthy wheelbase, a handicap more apparent than real, and which failed to stop the fine-handling Ducatis from notching a succession of wins in Formula 750 events, commencing with Paul Smart's famous victory at Imola in 1972. The GT's impact in the U.S. was immediate. Editor Phil Schilling recalled that the Ducati "simply astonished Cycle magazine staffers," who ballyhooed the Ducati roadster as "The Most Startling 750 Yet!" on the October 1972 cover. Later that year, the GT finished fifth in the magazine's performance-oriented shootout but, said Schilling, it was the bike "everyone wanted to ride home, point totals or no."

The Ducati offered we are advised by the vendor has been well looked after during the years of ownership and retains a nice patina.


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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The engine number is 756006 DM750. Additionally, The title will be in transit.

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