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Lot 204: Ducati 160 Monza Junior

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Designed by the legendary 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. It had an air-cooled cylinder inclined forward 10 degrees from vertical, gear primary drive, wet-sump lubrication, battery ignition and camshaft drive by vertical shaft and bevel gears. Steadily developed on the track, it gradually grew in capacity and road-going versions were made available to an eager public. Astonishingly quick for their time, they helped to establish the giant killing reputation long enjoyed by Ducati's miniature masterpieces. Lightweight, nimble, sure-footed and with a gem of an engine that is spine-tingling when it comes on cam, these little Dukes are a delight to ride. First registered in December 1966, this rare Ducati Monza was bought in bits by the current vendor about 10 years ago. Between 2001 and 2008 it was treated to a total nut-and-bolt restoration including a full engine rebuild by Ducati racer and restorer, John Witty of Luton. Now in outstanding condition throughout, it comes with an original owner's handbook and many bills for parts replaced. Although the last MOT expired in 2008, the vendor believes that gaining a new one should be no more than a formality, although the bike has covered zero miles since completion and will need careful running in. Despite their somewhat boxy looks, these were exceptionally quick bikes for their day and, with a 5-speed gearbox as here, were capable of cruising at 88mph. Ducati prices are on the rise and this rare machine is worthy of the closest inspection.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number204
Estimate£3700-£4000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1966
Condition rating
Registration numberJUX 165D
Mileage-
Chassis number28549
Engine number28549
Engine capacity (cc)152
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors