1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299

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Lot 574
1974 Ducati 750SS
Registration no. Not UK registered Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299

Sold for £ 52,900 (US$ 72,178) inc. premium
1974 Ducati 750SS
Registration no. Not UK registered
Frame no. DM750SS*075260
Engine no. 075299
• Iconic Ducati superbike
• One of 401 'round case' models
• Imported in 1985
• Restored condition

'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.' – Motociclismo.

It was, without question, Paul Smart's famous victory at Imola in April 1972 that really put Ducati's new v-twin on the map. It was a particularly sweet occasion for hitherto un-fancied Ducati, as the Bologna factory defeated not only the race-proven Triumph Tridents of Percy Tait, John Cooper and Ray Pickrell, but also the works 750 MV Agusta of Giacomo Agostini. With such an outstanding pedigree, the 750SS was a natural choice for racing's Superbike category, and later on proved highly competitive in 'Battle of the Twins' (BOTT) and club racing events.

Smart's bike was based on the 750 Sport roadster introduced that same year. The racer's cycle parts remained close to stock - even the centre stand lugs were retained! - merely being up-rated with triple Lockheed disc brakes while the engine gained desmodromic cylinder heads, high-compression pistons and stronger con-rods. When the definitive production version - the 750SS - appeared in 1974 it differed little in overall conception from the Imola '72 bikes, among the most obvious external differences being the adoption of a centre-axle fork and Brembo front brakes. The big 'Imola' fuel tank and humped racing seat both featured on the road bike, which wore a cockpit faring rather than the racer's fuller streamlining.

The 750SS received rave reviews in the motorcycling press, being hailed by Cycle magazine as 'a bike that stands at the farthest reaches of the sporting world - the definitive factory-built café racer.' Only 401 examples of the original 'round case' version were built before being superseded by the less desirable 'square case' model for 1975, and today the '74 750SS is regarded as a true landmark model and is one of the most sought-after of all Ducatis.

One of the ultra-desirable 'round case' models, this 750SS was imported by one Cledwyn Cooper in 1985 and purchased from him by Robert White. Subsequently restored, it is believed by Newton Engineering, the Ducati has seen minimal use since completion and has been kept on display in the collection. Offered with C&E Form 386. It should be noted that the engine number stamping appears not to be in the factory correct style.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 075299 DM750.1.
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1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
1974 Ducati 750SS Frame no. DM750SS*075260 Engine no. 075299
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