1960 Ducati 175cc Silverstone
Registration no. OVL 982
Frame no. 151768
Engine no. 78833
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 and was 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 204cc for the Elite and 200SS models. Top speed of either was in the region of 85mph. Lightweight, nimble, sure-footed and possessing a gem of an engine that sounds glorious when it comes 'on the cam', these little Dukes are a purist's delight to ride.
This Ducati has been in long-term ownership and was restored in 1990, since when it has seen only infrequent use. Described as in generally good condition, the machine is offered with Swansea V5 document and four expired MoTs dating from 1979 at 12,265 miles to 1992 at 12,834. An Elite fuel tank and rear numberplate bracket are the only notified deviations from factory specification.