c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428

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c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1
Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428

Sold for US$ 11,500 inc. premium
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1

Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM
Engine no. DM48V4 322428

By the late 1950s, Ducati had established a reputation for producing exciting sports roadsters and competition machines, thanks in no small part to the wonderful overhead-camshaft single-cylinder engine designed by Fabio Taglioni. Seeking to expand its sales, Ducati introduced a range of ultra-lightweight commuter machines, but for these something cheaper was required, which meant making a two-stroke engine. The first such Ducati, the 48cc Sport, was produced only for one season (1958) but the engine reappeared in 1961 powering the Brisk and Piuma, a pair of sports mopeds. A plethora of models in capacities up to 100cc followed, including a scooter, one of the more stylish being the 50 SL and its derivatives. Introduced in 1966, the 50 SL dropped fan cooling and the hand-operated gear change, hitherto features of all Ducati two-strokes. With its slender fuel tank, twin filler caps, solo seat, and clip-on handlebars, the 50 SL/1 sports roadster was every teenage boy racer's dream. Benefiting from revised porting and a new cylinder head giving a higher compression ratio, the SL/1 engine produced 6bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of around 50mph.

This example of a Ducati ultra-lightweight rarely seen outside Italy is presented in beautifully restored condition.

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c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
c.1967 Ducati 50 SL/1  Frame no. 57057 IGM3985-OM Engine no. DM48V4 322428
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