Rare sandcast GT,1972 Ducati 750GT Frame no. GT750296 Engine no. 750296

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Lot 48
Rare sandcast GT,1972 Ducati 750GT
Frame no. GT750296 Engine no. 750296

Sold for US$ 29,900 inc. premium
Rare sandcast GT
1972 Ducati 750GT
Frame no. GT750296
Engine no. 750296
Designed by the legendary Fabio Taglioni, Ducati's first road-going v-twin - the 750GT - arrived in 1971. Lacking the resources of larger Japanese rivals, Ducati had made the most of what it already possessed to create one of the all-time great post-war 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 and a lengthy wheelbase, a handicap more apparent than real that failed to stop the fine-handling Ducatis 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 Bike magazine, testing a 750GT in 1974.

This cosmetically restored 750GT is one of the now rare sandcast crankcase bikes from the first series of 400 made. As Ducati started at number 100, this is the 196th production v-twin Ducati ever made. It still wears its original Borrani wheels and Conti mufflers, unusual again some 40 plus years later. The last recorded owner before the current seller, a St. Louis, Missouri dealer, was an Illinois resident who registered it in 1977. Subject to the standard safety checks, this 750GT will give the buyer that unique, pure 1970s Ducati experience that is so sought after today, as it was back then.
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Rare sandcast GT,1972 Ducati 750GT Frame no. GT750296 Engine no. 750296
Rare sandcast GT,1972 Ducati 750GT Frame no. GT750296 Engine no. 750296
Rare sandcast GT,1972 Ducati 750GT Frame no. GT750296 Engine no. 750296
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