Syd Tunstall restored, 1968 Ducati 250cc Monza

Winning Bid: $9,500.00

Engine no. DM250 1010856

Location: Ventura, California


Item condition: Used

Auction finished

Reserve price has been met



1968 Ducati 250cc Monza

Ducati took the racetracks of Italy by storm in 1954 with the Fabio Taglioni-designed 100cc Gran Sport, an overhead cam single with unbeatable power and handling. The engine was scalable and soon a 175cc version, capable of over 80mph, ensured Ducati’s giant-killer legacy.

In 1959 the engine capacity was increased to 200cc for the Elite model and then again in 1961 to a heady 250cc for the Monza touring machine and sportier Diana, both capable of over 80mph.

The motorbike offered

The 1968 Ducati 250cc Monza on offer here comes to us from a small, but discerning collection of diminutive Italian machines. On static display in the gentleman’s office, the cosmetic condition of the bikes, all purchased as viewed, was maintained.

The Monza was originally purchased by Jeanne Whorrall, of West Palm Beach Florida on May 15th, 1968, a copy of the original title is included in the history file of the bike. It remained in Jeanne’s care until 1990, when it changed hands to an unknown buyer. Little is known of the bike until purchased by our vendor several years ago. He brought the bike to Syd’s Cycles in St. Petersburg, Florida, who had maintained the bike for many years while under prior ownership. The late Syd Tunstall, the proprietor, is a racing legend. Born in Derbyshire, England, he spent his early working years repairing bicycles until his brother’s motorcycle needed repair and Syd’s career began as a motorcycle mechanic. In 1958, he emigrated to New York as a British motorcycle repair specialist and fell in love – with a Ducati 175 Sport.

He described it as the most beautiful motorcycle he’d ever seen. In 1964 he was lured to a large Florida motorcycle dealership with an offer he couldn’t refuse. He took that Ducati 175 Sport to a motorcycle race at Sebring and won the 125-miler and was surprised when in 1965 Ducati named one of their models the “Sebring”. Syd went on to win many races and championships with his Ducatis including a 1979 AMA Amatuer National Road Race Championship when he was 51 years old. Through trial and error, he learned how to make Ducatis more reliable while increasing their horsepower and this knowledge is what drew Ducatisti riders and racers from around the world to his little shop. His ability to tune Ducatis for the track became legendary back when they were a cult bike and when owning a Ducati required extraordinary dedication.

Syd embarked on a full restoration of the bike, using many NOS parts from his extensive collection built up over many years. A letter from Syd’s, included in the history file, states that he restored and rode the bike to the satisfaction of his extremely high standards. Having been on static display, the bike will need some re-commissioning before returning to regular road use. Sold with a clean, clear Florida title.

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