2022 Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction

c1973 Ducati 750 GT Motorcycle (Project)





Engine 0.75 2-cylinder
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Body Work Motorcycle
Colour Maroon/Black
Trim Black
Wheels Chrome wire
Brakes Disc/drum


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Just as a three-syllable Italian word – ‘Ferrari’ – instantly conjures sporting charisma in the world of cars, another such word – ‘Ducati’ – does the same for motorcycles. The Imola 200 – the ‘Daytona of Europe – gave Ducati the opportunity to showcase its spectacular new 750GT (June 1971 debut). It was 1972 and the new Ducati was seriously revolutionary with its 90-degree twin-cylinder engine in ‘l-configuration’ with one cylinder vertically configured and the other horizontally! The race bikes were considerably enhanced over the production GT as you might expect, but there was no denying the pedigree. Seventy thousand spectators jampacked the stands at Imola. The race did not disappoint them! Initially, Giacoma Agostini’s MV Augusta led the field but the silver Ducatis of Smart and Spaggiari shadowed him. When Agostini retired, this pair lapped together. Smart took the flag by four seconds from his teammate having averaged 157.353km/h. Three riders – Agostini, Smart and Spaggiari – posted an identical best lap time equating to 161.116km/h. Thus it was that 23 April 1972 became the most important single day in Ducati’s storied history. The company’s unique desmodromic technology was showcased not just to the predominantly Italian crowd but to the entire world of motorcycling. The company was facing troubled times with industrial disruption and a confused array of products. That victory at Imola offered a new future. The 750GT is thus one of the most celebrated Ducatis ever made.