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Lot 504: Ducati 160cc Monza Junior

Important Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (1 December 2008)

Designed by Fabio Taglioni, the first Ducati overhead-camshaft single - the 100 Gran Sport - appeared on the racetrack in 1954 and soon proved unbeatable in its class. Taglioni’s versatile design proved capable of considerable enlargement, being produced in various capacities up to 450cc. A scaled down version of Ducati’s 250cc Monza, the exquisite Monza Junior was introduced to the UK market in 1967 and, like its larger brother, was powered by the proven single-overhead-camshaft engine, A four-speed gearbox was fitted and the diminutive Junior could top 70mph, while 100mpg was achievable when ridden with restraint. Production ceased in 1969, though some dealers were still clearing stocks a year later. Lightweight, nimble, sure-footed and possessing a gem of an engine that sounds glorious when ‘on the cam’, these little Dukes are a delight to ride. Northern Ireland registered from new, this example was restored locally circa 2003 and purchased by the immediately preceding owner at Bonhams’ Stafford sale in October 2004 (Lot 330). Restoration work carried out has included a re-bore and new piston, alternator rewind and the fitting of a new exhaust, rear wheel, tyre and sprockets. The seat and front fork/wheel are thought to be from a 250cc Ducati. Purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams’ Stafford sale in October 2007 (Lot 373), the machine has been in storage ever since and was last taxed for the road to end of March 2008. Sold following a change of circumstances, it is offered with copy old-style logbook, Swansea V5C document and recently expired MoT (10th September 2008).

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number504
Estimate£1500-£2000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2875
Year1969
Condition rating0
Registration numberAOI 3267
Mileage-
Chassis number22097
Engine number22097
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors