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The Spring Sale / 1973 Ducati 450 MkIII Desmo Frame no. DM450 450946 Engine no. DM450 450946

Lot 591
1973 Ducati 450 MkIII Desmo
Registration no. YND 593L Frame no. DM450 450946 Engine no. DM450 450946
Amended
23 April 2022, 10:00 BST
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground

Sold for £11,500 inc. premium

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1973 Ducati 450 MkIII Desmo
Registration no. YND 593L
Frame no. DM450 450946
Engine no. DM450 450946

One of the most significant developments in the production of Fabio Taglioni's Ducati singles was the introduction of the first 'wide case' model in 1967, with production proper commencing the following summer. Changes to the 'wide case' models were not merely confined to the rear engine mount, Taglioni and his team taking the opportunity afforded by the redesign to incorporate a stronger con-rod and big-end bearing, and increase the capacity of the lubrication system. There were also improvements to the gearbox. In '68 Ducati launched the first of its legendary 'Desmo' roadsters in 250cc and 350cc (actually 340cc) capacities, these two top-of-the-range super sports variants being distinguishable from the valve-spring models by their extra chrome and restrained 'D' decals on the side panels. Later that same year the Ducati roadster single appeared in its largest '450' (actually 436cc) incarnation, which offered considerably more torque courtesy of the substantial hike in capacity.

According to the accompanying DVLA Motorcycle Inspection Report (compiled by The Old Italian Bike Register), this 450 Desmo "has been fully restored to an excellent condition matching its original mechanical specification, it is 100% correct and has not been modified in any way". The machine was imported into the UK in 2019 and has had only one owner in this country. Additional documentation consists of a NOVA confirmation, a dating certificate, and a V5C.
Offered with key

Footnotes

All lots are sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding

Saleroom notices

There is one key offered with this lot. The cylinder head has been converted to a twin-plug. We believe the frame number stamping is not a factory stamp. As such prospective bidders should satisfy themselves as to the originality and authenticity prior to bidding.

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