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Lot 412: 1963 Ducati 204cc Elite

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

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, an astonishing achievement at the time and one that helped establish the giant killing reputation long enjoyed by Ducati’s miniature masterpieces. In 1959 the engine capacity was increased to 200cc (actually 204cc) for the Elite and 200SS models, but from 1961 onwards the Elite’s engine was based on that of the 250cc model. Top speed of either was in the region of 85mph. Ducati singles are among the most popular and successful in modern-day classic racing, and this ‘racerised’ Elite has been raced on five occasions by Karl Oskarsson’s daughter, Rebecka. Fitted with new fairing, saddle and footrests, it is described by the vendor as in good running condition.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number412
Estimate£2000-£3000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1450
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1668
Year1963
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Engine number06037DM175
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