1974 Ducati 250cc Mark 3 Desmo Frame no. 104220 Engine no. 112011

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Lot 373
1974 Ducati 250cc Mark 3 Desmo
Registration no. SNX 98M Frame no. 104220 Engine no. 112011

Sold for £ 5,750 (US$ 7,238) inc. premium
1974 Ducati 250cc Mark 3 Desmo
Registration no. SNX 98M
Frame no. 104220
Engine no. 112011
Designed by Fabio Taglioni, Ducati's first overhead-camshaft single appeared in 1955; Desmodromic valve operation was a feature of the racing versions and would later be applied to the sportier roadsters. In 1968 Ducati launched the first of the legendary 'Desmo' roadsters in 250cc and 350cc (actually 340cc) capacities, these two top-of-the-range super sports variants being distinguishable from the valve-spring models by virtue of their extra chrome and, from 1973, bright yellow paintwork. Today, these first production Desmos are among the most collectible of Ducati singles.

This 250 Desmo was purchased by the current vendor in July 1983 having had four previous owners. A 'frame upwards' restoration was commenced later in the 1980s, the engine being rebuilt by marque specialist Rick Walker of Wisbech (brother of Mick Walker) in 1990. At the same time the electrics were completed rewired in accordance with the workshop manual. More recently, the machine has been repainted, the original exhaust re-chromed, a new down-pipe fitted, and new decals applied. The odometer reading at time of restoration was 41,695km, and the Ducati has covered an additional 2,917 miles since then. Accompanying paperwork consists of sundry restoration invoices, an old-style registration document, MoT to September 2018, and a V5C Registration Certificate.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number prefix is DM250GT 104220. The engine number is DM250D 112011.
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1974 Ducati 250cc Mark 3 Desmo Frame no. 104220 Engine no. 112011
1974 Ducati 250cc Mark 3 Desmo Frame no. 104220 Engine no. 112011
1974 Ducati 250cc Mark 3 Desmo Frame no. 104220 Engine no. 112011
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