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Lot 331: 1980 Ducati 864cc Darmah

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

Ducati’s second-generation v-twin engine - the 900cc ‘square case’ (actual capacity 864cc) - debuted in the 860GT tourer. More than just a simple over-bore, the square case engine incorporated a new camshaft drive arrangement, improved oil pump, cartridge-type oil filter and electronic ignition. In addition, the gearchange was moved to the left-hand side and the frame altered to provide chain adjustment at the swinging arm pivot. The model was soon available with electric starter. An improvement on its predecessors in many ways, the 860GT took a step backwards in styling, a mistake Ducati rectified with the introduction of the Darmah range in 1977. Superbly restyled by Leo Tartarini, the Darmah re-established the lithe, streamlined look of the original Ducati v-twin while offering improved performance courtesy of the 900SS camshaft. Build quality was much improved by using a mixture of Bosch, Lucas and Nippon Denso electrics and controls. The vendor advises us that this example is complete and in running condition.

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Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Lot Number331
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$900
Hammer Price (inc premium)$1035
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