1974 Ducati 750 GT
Frame no. DM750S755563
Designed by the legendary engineer Fabio Taglioni, Ducati's first road-going V-twin, the 750 GT, arrived in 1971. Lacking the resources of larger Far Eastern rivals, Ducati made the most of what it already possessed to create one of the all-time great postwar motorcycles. A 90-degree Vee, the engine looked like two of the Bologna firm's bevel-drive overhead-cam singles on a common crankcase (which, in essence, it was) though the coil-valve springs represented a departure from Ducati's traditional hairpins. The 90-degree layout made for exceptional smoothness but a lengthy wheelbase, a handicap more apparent than real that failed to stop the fine-handling Ducatis from notching up a succession of wins in Formula 750 events, commencing with Paul Smart's famous victory at Imola in 1972.
"Unlike a good proportion of modern big bikes, the Ducati is a totally balanced machine. It's dominated by the throbbing V-twin motor, yet you feel that the bike has been designed as an entity, with all other components matching the engine's performance," enthused England's Bike magazine, testing a 750 GT in 1974.
The Silverman Museum counts two 750 GTs among its Ducatis. This authentic-and-unrestored machine was discovered in New Mexico and purchased from the first owner. It remains exactly as he rode it, right down to the original license plate.
- At the time of going to press, the catalogue descriptions for this motorcycle and lot 369 were swapped. This 750GT was originally owned by Mr. King Browne in Denver, who, when originally purchased, removed the tank badges and side cover badges, had them filled in and painted. It has been immaculately and sympathetically restored to original specification.
Please note that the engine number for this motorcycle is 754856DM750 and its title is in transit.