1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663
Lot 76
1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo
Engine no. DM450 451663
Sold for US$ 6,900 inc. premium

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1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663 1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo Engine no. DM450 451663
1970 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo
Engine no. DM450 451663
Ducati hired 1966 Italian scrambles champion Walter Reggioli to help with the development and the R/T was in production by the end of the year. For the USA it was available only as an off-road machine, with a street equipment kit option. The Italian ISDT team ran R/Ts in the 1971 event in the Isle of Man.

The R/T's wide-case 435.7cc motor was 4-stroke, air cooled, 2-valve and desmodromic pushing out about 27 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and the bike weighed, dry, about 286lb. Plus a 5-speed. Performance was brisk. This motor needed a compression release to kick start. The frame had Marzocchi suspension front and rear with the fork providing 7in of travel. A 21in front wheel was unique to this scrambler.

Here is a rare opportunity to acquire an excellent example of the best of Ducati's "real scrambler" series, a series of bikes that clearly influenced the company's recent launch of the new "Scrambler" twins. Since 1990, when acquired by the seller, it was the back-up bike for the family (father and three sons) AHRMA race team – the "4 Ducs" - and was recently rebuilt; blasted and painted frame, rebuilt wheels with bespoke rims and new tires, chains, sprockets together with restored original or NOS parts throughout. The motor was re-bored and new rings installed with new guides, rockers, bushings and valves in the head. New fork seals and wheel bearings. New ignition. The tank and decals are original and in excellent condition. And what should be polished is polished in the style of the original – not to show quality! Very few have survived, and even fewer are today as gorgeous as this one. Offered on a Bill of Sale.

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