Property of a deceased's estate 1975 Ducati 864cc '900SS Replica'
Registration no. LJF 966P
Frame no. M900SS 852032
Engine no. 852850 DM860
Ducati's second-generation v-twin engine - the 900cc 'square case' (actual capacity 864cc) - debuted in the 860GT of 1974 and the following year was used to power the new 900SS superbike. The latter was styled like the original 750SS that had been developed from Paul Smart's 1972 Imola winner. More than just a simple over-bore, the 'square case' engine was redesigned to be cheaper to produce, incorporating a new camshaft drive arrangement, improved oil pump, cartridge-type oil filter and electronic ignition. In addition, the gearchange was moved to the left-hand side and the frame altered to provide chain adjustment at the swinging arm pivot, though the 750SS/900SS kept the right-side gearchange and chain adjusters at the rear axle. As had been the case with the original 750SS, desmodromic valve gear distinguished the new sportster from its GT and GTS tourer counterparts.
Nothing is known of the origins and history of this motorcycle, which was acquired by its late owner in January 2000. However, the frame and engine numbers, if correct, are those of an 860 GT/GTS model. Furthermore, it should be noted that the frame number has been re-stamped and given a fictitious ('M900SS') prefix. The machine comes with Swansea V5C document and is sold strictly as viewed.