1959 Ducati 175cc Silverstone Super
Registration no. JAS 237
Frame no. DM175/78748
Engine no. DM175/78722ST
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. 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. 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.
We are advised that this Ducati Silverstone was built by marque specialist Terry Scothern and modelled in the Moto Giro factory machines. Completed in 2002, it successfully completed that year's Moto Giro and the 2005 event, the latter after its purchase by the current vendor. Scrutineering stickers are still attached to the frame. Described as in generally excellent condition, 'JAS 237' has had only light use since 2005 and benefits from a new battery, tyres and an oil change. The machine is offered with Swansea V5 document and MoT to January 2013.