2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646

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Lot 119
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE
Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646

US$ 25,000 - 33,000
£ 19,000 - 25,000
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE
Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
• Offered in its original crate
• Highly desirable Limited Edition model

'Want it for Paul's achievement, want it for Ducati's heritage, want it for how it looks'. – Bike magazine.

Smart's famous victory in the 1972 Imola 200 riding what would become the 750SS was instrumental in establishing Ducati as a high-performance brand for the modern era. So what better way to celebrate the Bologna marque's heritage than a limited edition model in the spirit of the iconic, bevel-drive, 'green frame' 750SS? And why not duplicate the rest of the original bevel-drive twins line up while you're about it? That was Ducati's reasoning behind the launch of its new 'Sport Classic' range in 2005. However, none of the three models – Paul Smart 1000 LE, Sport 1000 and GT1000 - is in any way a 'replica'; all are thoroughly modern motorcycles with only the styling and color scheme(s) acknowledging the past.

The Paul Smart 1000 LE uses the belt drive, desmo, air-cooled, fuel injected, electronic ignition 1000DS (dual spark) 90-degree v-twin engine – 992cc, two-valves, a quoted 92bhp at 8,000rpm and enough torque to surprise its four-valve superbike brethren - as found in a number of other Ducatis. All this modern technology is housed in the Italian firm's trademark trellis frame – in a striking shade of 'green frame' green - the latter complemented by some top-quality Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, a wet clutch, a six-speed gearbox, a curvaceous two pipe exhaust on the right side in black, and wire-spoke wheels beneath a swoopy silver half-fairing and tail hump. 'After 20 miles I was totally sold on the bike, as I had been after five minutes of looking at it. Exclusivity, style, power, handling... what else could I want?' queried Bike magazine's tester at the PS 1000 LE's launch. A production run of only 2,000 units was planned and few motorcycles of modern times have become as instantly collectible.

In May of 2006 Cycle World woke us up with, 'We are suckers, all of us, and this limited-edition Ducati is proof. If the aqua-green frame and silver-metalflake paint don't catch your attention, surely the sweet-sounding accessory Termignoni megaphone pipes will. This bike exists precisely to suck us in, to tweak our nostalgia, even if not everyone was around (or aware) when Paul Smart ripped up Imola for 200 miles to take the epic 1972 race win that put Ducati on the V-Twin sportbike map. Actually, there wasn't really even a V-Twin sportbike map at that point!'

The Paul Smart 1000 LE presented here is a rare opportunity to own a brand new, still in the crate Ducati modern classic, seldom do these opportunities arise.

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.
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2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Frame no. ZDM1WABP16B001646
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