1974 Ducati 750SS

Engine No. DM7501075076
Amelia Island 2020 - Gooding & Co.
Friday, 6 March - Saturday, 7 March 2020
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Gooding & Company
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Engine No. DM7501075076. 748cc, 72-hp V-twin. 5-speed manual. Dual Dell’Orto carbs.

Evaluation: Visually maintained, largely original | One of 401 homologation specials built based on the bike that won the Imola 200 in 1972. Club raced briefly in Canada then put into storage. Recently overhauled mechanically but cosmetically original, other than repainted fairing and side covers. Shown at The Quail last year. Paint coming off the front tubes. Cracking, crazed paint on the top of the tank and scrapes behind the seat. Cracked, faded decals. Clean mechanicals, shiny exhaust, and clean wheels and tires. Soft seat. Clear gauges. Paint coming off the kickstand and a few spots on the frame, but nothing too bad. Money has been spent where it counts, leaving just the right amount of patina. A very impressive bike.

Bottom Line: Motorcycles are seeing more and more appreciation lately as garage art, and the 750 SS is up near the top. As rare as the 750 SS is, it has become an auction staple the last few years, as high prices have been drawing them out. Prices of more than $200,000 are not shocking, and at Bonhams’s Spring Stafford sale in 2018, a rough project sold for $147,000. In today’s market, $117,600 for a well-presented rider that retains largely original parts is a good deal.

by Hagerty Editor
2 February 2020

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