One owner and only 2,900 miles from new
1988 Ducati 750 F1
Frame no. ZDM1AA3L4JB751822
• Only One Owner From New
• Only 2,900 miles from new
• Original specification
• Spectacular Tri-Colore livery
New for 1985, the F1 was the successor to the Pantah-derived F2 500cc racers, which enjoyed considerable success in FIM Formula 2 racing. A ‘750’ version was the logical next step, and the F1 was a 750cc TT1 racer for the street.
First seen in prototype form in endurance races in 1983, the F1’s 748cc engine was the latest in a long line of stretches applied to the original 500c ‘belt drive’ desmo unit that had first appeared in the Pantah in 1979. A markedly over-square design of 88×61.5mm bore/stroke, the F1 engine produced around 60hp and functioned as a stressed element within the frame, the swinging arm pivoting in the rear of the gearbox. Clearly visible above the deliberately cut away fairing sides, the frame attracted almost as much attention as the engine: a trellis of short, straight tubes. In the fashion of the day, the F1 came with a 16-inch front wheel, while braking power was provided by state-of-the-art triple Brembos.
Unlike other bike-makers who had forgotten the ‘light is right’ design philosophy, Ducati did not have the luxury of prodigious amounts of horsepower from its air-cooled 748cc V-twin, so the F1A and B models weighed in at less than 400 lb dry. The lessons taught by Fabio Taglioni on the racetrack, dating all the way back to the 1950s singles, were proven yet again. And it wasn’t just Sunday-morning backroad riders discovering the advantages of light weight and torquey powerbands. While the 750 Ducati was easily outpowered by its four-cylinder rivals in frontline race series, a new class, Battle of the Twins, was on the rise, especially in the U.S., where Ducatis soon became the ride of choice.
The F1 on offer here, of the ultimate 1988 vintage, is a remarkable find. Owned from brand new by a single enthusiast, the bike has enjoyed pride of place for many years on static display in his dining room. At the age of 32, he bought the bike from a local Ducati dealer in Michigan, and over the course of the next 30 years, he covered only 2,914 miles before the bike was detailed, drained of fluids and put on display as a piece of art 14 years ago. Never put on the racetrack; never hitting the redline; never seen rain; this bike has been meticulously cared for its entire life.
Prior to display, the bike did have an 1,800-mile service at the dealership, but otherwise remains completely untouched. Needless to say, the bike is in excellent condition throughout, both mechanically and cosmetically, resplendent in its fabulous Tri-colore livery. Accompanying the bike is the original, unused toolkit and sales documentation.
The F1 series set the Ducati company back on the road to success, yet is seen by many as being one of the last of the ‘real’ Ducatis. This exceptional machine with unrivalled mileage and ownership history would be a proud addition to any discerning collection.