1961 Ducati 204cc Elite Frame no. 153557 (see text) Engine no. 78389
Lot 238N
1961 Ducati 204cc Elite
Registration no. not UK registered Frame no. 153557 (see text) Engine no. 78389
Sold for £5,175 (US$ 6,913) inc. premium

Lot Details
1961 Ducati 204cc Elite Frame no. 153557 (see text) Engine no. 78389 1961 Ducati 204cc Elite Frame no. 153557 (see text) Engine no. 78389 1961 Ducati 204cc Elite Frame no. 153557 (see text) Engine no. 78389
1961 Ducati 204cc Elite
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. 153557 (see text)
Engine no. 78389
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, being 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 but from 1961 onwards the Elite's engine was based on that of the 250cc model. 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.

Currently displaying a total of 24,100 kilometres on the odometer, this well presented Elite was restored by the previous owner and is believed to have covered only 10 kilometres since the rebuild's completion. Purchased in 1999, the machine is offered with German Fahrzeugbrief and copies of older Italian registration documents. It is possible that the frame number has been re-stamped.

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