Lot 372: c.1967 Ducati 175cc Racing Motorcycle
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 from the original 98cc up to 450cc. A pair of 175cc roadsters was introduced for the 1956 season, the sports version of which (known as the ‘Silverstone’ in the UK) was capable of more than 80mph in road trim and close to the ‘ton’ when stripped for racing, an astonishing achievement at the time and one that helped establish the giant killing reputation long enjoyed by Ducati’s miniature masterpieces. It is hoped that detailed information about this particular example will be available at time of sale.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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