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1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun
1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun
Frame no. DM250G1*1032933
Ducati made their first complete motorcycle in 1949, a crude 60cc pushrod single based on an engine that was originally designed as bolt-on propulsion for bicycles. From that time, they continually improved their product and single-cylinder Ducatis were preeminent in the multi-day long distance races that dominated the Italian clubman’s racing landscape in the immediate post-World War II era. It was in these romantic public road events that the Ducati legend was born.

With the coming of a University of Bologna engineer, Fabio Taglioni in 1954, Ducati began a march up the ladder of motorcycle sport. Taglioni was obsessed with desmodromic valves, which were open and closed by cams, rather than valve springs. Taglioni’s designs allowed higher revving engines and more power. The desmodromic designs were first used in racing, but found their way into Ducati road bikes in 1968, when the production of the desirable wide-case, desmodromic singles began.

In 1971, Ducati introduced one of their most memorable series of sporting singles, the 250/350/450 desmos. These would come to be known as Silver Shotguns, a reference to the attention-getting, heavily metal-flaked finish they carried. They were nothing short of over-the-counter production café racers. Equipment included a lightweight fiberglass tank, seat, side covers and front fender. When the buyer took his new machine down to the local, he knew few, if any, other bikes there would have the features of his. The Silver Shotguns featured Italy’s best, including competition 35mm Marzocchi front forks, Borrani 18-inch alloy rims, a Grimeca 180mm four leading- shoe front brake, rear-set pegs, clip-on handlebars and a white-faced Veglia mechanical competition tachometer.

The example offered is from the preferred early production of silver, made in 1971-72. In 1973-74, the desmo singles were restyled by Italjet’s Leopoldo Tartarini and had a more stylized, less classic look. These later desmo singles were painted yellow with black accents like the larger 750 Sport in the line. Because the Silver Shotguns were made at a time when both the British and American distributors were at odds with the Ducati factory, they are extremely rare in these countries.

This Silver Shotgun has all the factory supplied special equipment and a fine patina acquired since an earlier correct restoration. This lot presents an opportunity to own a milestone Ducati desmodromic single that can be used as a canyon carver, prepared for vintage racing or shown at the most prestigious venues. The Silver Shotgun was the zenith of the final years of Ducati single production, which ended in 1974.

Without reserve

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number for lot 193, a 1972 Ducati Silver Shotgun, is DM250M3.
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