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1972 Ducati 750 GT  ~  SOLD  ~
posted 7/21/2014 SOLD 7/22/2014
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1972 750 GT  -  SOLD


This excellent, rare, early production 750 GT has been 99% restored. I am the first and only owner. It is shown here in its original livery but I have purchased a new tank & side covers from Syd's Cycles in FL and painted them Ducati red to match my 35th Anniversary 1000 GT retro. The original tank has succumbed to the ravages of ethanol.

This Ducati was manufactured Jan. 17th, 1972, imported into Canada and bought by me in the spring of 1972 at Calgary, Alberta. Research tells me that this example is one of the "1st Production Stage" 750 GT's.

Engine no. is 750287. The frame no. is 750453.  Yes this is a first production SANDCAST roundcase motor.

The bike has a total of 30,815 km on the clock. lt is interesting to note that the bike had a foil U.S. compliance sticker affixed to the steering head behind the headlight. However, the paint scheme, the lack of signal lights, the Smiths speedo in km. only, no rear view mirror(s) and other small details indicate that it was not meant for sale in the U.S. Don't ask. I don't know why.

Although the Borrani rims are a hallmark of the early 750's, the advent of the beautiful Morris Mag (cast aluminum seven spoke) wheels in 1973 were a must-have for me. Installation of the new wheels also allowed for a rear disc brake setup which was much superior in performance to the admittedly  capable factory rear drum. I still have the Borrani's but, unfortunately, they were badly corroded several years ago due to a storage place flood. The rims are salvageable but the hubs may well not be..... especially the rear wheel's drum brake hub.


In 2005 I embarked on a restoration of the bike which had been in storage for several years. I have a ton of detail pics (before & after) for any interested potential buyer. I did a top-end on the engine (which really didn't need anything but the replacement of an oil gallery o-ring in the rear cylinder and new shim buckets for proper valve lash settings), inspected the clutch pack, which looked like new, cleaned and inspected the alternator, the lower and upper gears, all accessible bearings and anything else that could be done without splitting the crankcase.

After reassembly the engine castings (crankcase, cylinder barrels, heads) were bead blasted and coated with a high temperature clear.

Although I had bought new seal kits for the front suspension, I ended up leaving them alone as there was no hint of leakage on the fork seals. Amazingly they have not been touched since I bought the bike. The rear shocks are the original Marzocchi's and have not been rebuilt either. The original saddle was developing cracks so I had the seat recovered in a style identical to the original. The exhaust headers and all the other small chromed pieces were re-chromed. The frame was stripped and powder coated. The Contis are the original mufflers. The right silencer has road rash about the size of a quarter on the outer tip.

In April of 2007, having reinstalled the original wiring harnesses, Amal 930 carbs, Lockheed calipers (front & back) and new tires, I fired the Duck. While the freshened motor ran crisply, a couple of test runs revealed some additional work should be performed:

1. A complete new wiring harness and Dyna electronic ignition was ordered from Steve at Bevel Heaven. I have it on hand but have not installed it.

2. While the carbs had been inspected and cleaned some corrosion in the bowls and on the slides was noted. The plan was to replace them or update to Dell'Orto pumpers but I have not bought replacements. lt would be up to the new owner to decide what to do here.

3. The Lockheeds were starting to leak and needed a rebuild. A little research indicated that rebuild kits were very hard to find and that most owners were updating to Brembos. This item also needs to be completed.


About the only thing I don't have from back in the day is the original Bill of Sale. (I do have the clear title). I have the original owner's manual, the aforementioned U.S. compliance sticker, a Haynes Workshop manual, a copy of the September 1972 Cycle World mag featuring the 750 GT and Ian Falloon's excellent "Ducati 750 Bible". I have saved most of the original wear parts.... don't ask why...... nostalgia's sake maybe?

If you are a Ducatisti you will appreciate things like the original condensers, the original fuel lines with "Granturismo Made in Italy by G. Nova", all of the original air cleaner ducts and housings, the original coils, etc. Lots of pics of the Duck from various trips back in the 70's when I put all the mileage on her.

Asking Price:

$23,000. Shipping to be arranged and provided by buyer. Bike is located in Texas, USA.

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