1974 Ducati 750 Sport

1974 Ducati 750 Sport

Ducati had seen enormous success through the 1950s and ‘60s with diminutive and elegant roadracing-styled motorcycles. But to expand and compete, they had to introduce larger capacity machines. Their foray into the market came with the 750GT in 1971. Designed by the legendary Fabio Taglioni on a traditionally tight budget, it was essentially two of the company’s bevel-drive overhead-cam singles on a common crankcase set at a 90-degree angle. The engine was smooth and powerful with strong torque and its fine handling characteristics notched wins on the street and on the tract, most famously with Paul Smart’s victory at Imola in 1972.

Based on the original 750 GT tourer, the 750 Sport was an altogether more exciting looking thing and backed up its stunning looks with improved performance courtesy of a maximum power hike from 50 to 56bhp. It was only sold in the striking yellow livery and only until 1974 and in very limited numbers, 1,625 to be precise, 200 of which were imported to the US.

The motorbike offered

The 1974 Ducati 750 Sport on offer here comes from a California collection, the bike’s second owner. The first of the 750 Sports differed slightly with a wider rear subframe, but improvements were made to narrow it and mount the rear shocks outboard of the frame for better handling characteristcs. At that time, graphics were updated and a fork brace added. This later model example is presented in excellent original condition throughout, but for repainted bodywork under prior ownership. Many hard to find Sport pieces remain present on the bike for a complete, exquisite addition to any collection. Having been on static display for some time, the usual recommissioning will be necessary before returning to the road.