1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022

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Lot 131
1974 Ducati 750 SS
Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022

US$ 65,000 - 85,000
€ 57,000 - 75,000
To be sold without reserve
Amended
1974 Ducati 750 SS

Frame no. 075358
Engine no. 075022

• Green frame example

It was Paul Smart's famous victory at the Imola 200 in April of 1972 that really put Ducati's new bevel drive v-twin on the map. And when the definitive production version, the 750 SS, appeared in 1973 it differed little in overall concept from the '72 Imola bikes. The big Imola fuel tank and humped racing seat were both featured on the road machine, which wore a half rather than the racer's full fairing.

Motociclismo "To say that the Super Sport 750 was one of the most beautiful sport bikes ever to be made is no exaggeration; it may be considered among the most significant motorcycles of all times." Today the so-called "green frame" 750 SS is regarded as a true landmark model and is one of the most sought-after of all Ducatis.

In a letter sent to the late Phil Schilling, founder and then keeper of The Ducati 750 SS Register, dated October 11, 1989 Larry Klein wrote, "The poop on mine is as follows, engine # 075022, original purchaser was one Jack Colemen of Clarkston, Michigan, who purchased it in 1975 from Blackie's in Detroit. As I recall. Blackie (Ron Peppera) obtained from a dealer in Ohio. # 22 had about 30,000km on it when I bought it from Cole in September 1980, all street miles. Cole, a senior engineer with GM Truck and Coach had his own ideas about how things should be and used to getting his way but had only three tools in his tool box. The third was a coping saw with which he notched the instrument panel to accommodate the master cylinder when the clip-ons were adjusted to the position which best suited his lanky frame. He painted the bike red from a rattle can. Or more accurately, cans, since there are three different shades of red. (Some day I'll make it a virgin again.) I ride it on special occasions and in the winter (Michigan, remember?) it resides in my living room where the TV used to be. Other than the notch and the color, it is quite complete and original except for the spokes (stainless from Buchanan's) which I replaced several years ago when I redid the wheels. Have re-placed the front Scarab master cylinder with a period Brembo for the usual reasons. Thankfully, the rear is Lockheed."

In Larry Klein's GT Motors' buy-and-sell hard cover ledger – known as The Police Book – this 750 SS entry under remarks says, "c/w Lucas Rita ignition installed, Imola cams, spare ex valve, OE ignition parts". The parts cannot be found and it is most likely, but not confirmed, that the Lucas Rita ignition and Imola cams are still installed on the bike.

Larry stopped riding it in the 1990s and so has sat inside ever since. At some stage the speedometer and the left side muffler disappeared. The previously mentioned letter and a scan of the ledger entry are the only documents to accompany the bike.

The purchase of this glorious "green frame" is a unique opportunity: as either a ground-up restoration to bring it back to factory spec or to leave it as a "red frame"– as described – and more simply fettle it back to life just as Jack Coleman and Larry Klein left it after many years of enjoyment.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is DM750SS 075358 DGM118710M. The engine number is DM750.1 075022. The title is in transit.
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1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
1974 Ducati 750 SS Frame no. 075358 Engine no. 075022
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