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Lot 966
1969 Ducati Race Bike

US$ 5,000 - 8,000
£ 3,800 - 6,200
1969 Ducati Race Bike
The Ducati firm was started by three brothers in Bologna Italy in 1926 to manufacture domestic appliances. In 1946 the firm expanded into cycles with a 48 cc 4 stroke moped called the Cucciolo. In the early 50s a young engineer named Fabio Taglioni joined Ducati and developed the 98cc Gran Sport, a bevel-gear driven overhead cam single cylinder which was to become the prototype for all successive Ducatis. The Ducati singles were quite sporty for their time with a single overhead camshaft on all models. Capacities ranged from 160cc to 450cc in size. Still struggling out of the economic depression created by Word War II, the Italians slowly began to manufacture fine lightweight motorcycles for economical and practical transportation. By the 1960s The Italian firm of Ducati offered a line of small displacement motorcycles which fit perfectly in the American market which at that time was demanding lightweight motorcycles. Although the lightweight craze was started by the Japanese, Europe was quick to react. These machines, ideal for the exploding American market were exported for badly needed US dollars. Benelli found Montgomery Ward and Ducati found Berliner Motors as their US importers.
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