2020 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
1974 Ducati 750 Sport Motorcycle
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Designed by Fabio Taglioni, Ducati released a sports version of the original 750 GT in 1972 with a similar mechanical specification – the 90-degree V-twin engine employed the same bevel-driven single overhead camshaft with two valves per cylinder configuration but featured a lighter crankshaft, high compression pistons and larger 32mm carburettors, resulting in markedly superior performance. The frame was also based on the GT, albeit with a wider rear subframe (on the early versions) and similar suspension, consisting of a black Marzocchi 38mm front fork (Cerianis were offered in 1974) and twin adjustable Marzocchi shocks at the rear. Apart from the earliest examples, 750 Sports used Scarab front disc brakes (some 1974 versions used Brembo products) and a slimline fibreglass fuel tank was standard, with a half fairing optional but rarely fitted. The instrument cluster and levers were also unique to the Sport. With the release of the 750 Super Sport in 1974, Ducati changed the focus of the 750 Sport slightly, with a number of detail changes; a steel fuel tank became standard equipment in 1974, along with the option of a dual seat, polished engine covers and turn indicators. Rated at 62 horsepower at 8200rpm, the 750 Sport offered scintillating performance and this, allied to the fabulous handling, sound and good looks has made it one of Ducati’s all-time classics. Only a handful were built in 1972 (no records were kept to give precise figures according to noted authority Ian Falloon) and Ducati only produced the 750 Sport for two more years, completing 746 in 1973 and a further 856 the following year. Today surviving examples rank as some of the most collectible Ducatis ever made, with a cult following around the globe and supported by numerous clubs and specialists.