1975 Ducati 750 GT
Frame no. 756324
It's been called the motorcycle that made Ducati. Before the 750 GT, the Italian company was best known for its small-bore singles; but after fabled Ingegnere Fabio Taglioni arranged two cylinders in a 90-degree Vee in 1971, the modern Ducati sporting V-Twin was born. It was a blueprint for success the company follows to this day.
The GT's impact in the U.S. was immediate. Editor Phil Schilling remembers that the Ducati "simply astonished Cycle magazine staffers." The bike was ballyhooed as "The Most Startling 750 Yet!" on the October 1972 cover. Later that year, the GT finished fifth in performance-oriented shootout but, says Schilling, it was the bike "everyone wanted ride home, point totals or no."
Later in a 2003 Cycle World retrospective, "Birth of the GT," the bike was described thusly: "The Ducati in its time was a revelation powerful, smooth, reasonably light, with good suspension and brakes. It is still a glorious revelation. The GT's power delivery feels ample and immediate, cornering easy and secure. It's easy to see why this Ducati made such an impression in the 1970s."
Second of the Silverman collection's 750 GTs, this one has been immaculately restored to original specification.
- At the time of going to press, the catalogue description of this motorcycle and lot 368 were swapped. This authentic-and-unrestored motorcycle was discovered in New Mexico and purchased from the first owner. Sympathetically restored by marque expert, Tom Rolland, some years ago, it remains exactly as he rode it, right down to the original paint and license plate.Please note that the correct frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are DM750S756311 and 756324DM750 respectively.
Please note that the title for this motorcycle is in transit.