1974 Ducati 750 Sport ~
VIN: FRAME #DM750S7558XX, ENGINE #7558XX DM750
1974 Ducati Sport, owned by Sonny Angel of Sonny Angel
Motorcycles, National City, California. Sonny is my Father in
Law, and I'm selling to help pay for Sonny's retirement home
costs. He's 92, and enjoying retired life.
He's a local legend in Southern California. Born
in 1925, and served during WWII, 1940 to 1947 (yes, he was 15!).
Soon after enlisting, he purchased his first bike, a 1937 Harley
Davidson. During a trip to Florida in 1941, he spotted a Vincent
Rapide, and instantly became enamored with it. After leaving the
Navy, he worked at a motorcycle dealership in San Diego, and
saved enough money to purchase a 1947 Vincent Rapide Series A.
While he enjoyed life in San Diego, he figured the best way to
learn European motorcycles was to apprentice at one of the
number of factories overseas. He wrote to Triumph, BSA, Norton,
and Vincent HRD, eventually being hired by HRD. He worked at the
Vincent factory in Stevenage, England from 1950 to 1952, and
hand-built the very last Vincent Lightning off the line. He
returned to the states in 1953, and purchased an old barber shop
in National City. Sonny Angel Motorcycles opened for business on
September 5th, 1953...and stayed in business for 61 years.
During Sonny's 61 years in business, he
sold roughly 27 different brands of motorcycles. He signed a
franchise agreement with Ducati in the early 1960's, and began
selling and repairing Ducati singles. He was one of the first in
Southern California to take receipt of the 'all-new'
twin-cylinder Ducati Sport in 1973. Sonny sold his Ducati
franchise to GP Motorcycles in San Diego in the 90's.
Sonny kept a number of special motorcycles in the
basement of his garage in National City. Three years ago, I
started the process of sorting and selling his bikes and parts.
This Sport was one of the bikes from his basement. Unsure what
year he purchased the bike, Donny (Sonny's brother) was unable
to remember details about it. However, while sorting Sonny's
photos, I managed to find pictures of the Sport in the back of
Sonny's Chevy pickup, outside the shop and in front of his
The listing has two pre-restoration photos of the
bike, just the way she came out of Sonny's basement. Appears the
bike was in some sort of accident, left clip-on was bent. Bike
had a fair amount of rust, but was mechanically complete. Was
going to sell the bike as-is, until I found a stash of Ducati
new-old stock parts in his garage, including bodywork, engine
parts, footrests, levers, and more. Decided to have her
Shipped the bike off to Dave Brown of DB Cycles
in Lima, New York to be restored. Dave took meticulous care over
an 18 month period to bring her back to life. Have all receipts
and documentation of work performed. Dave shipped the bike to
California this past March, and I've kept her safe since.
I've ridden motorcycles for 30+ years, mostly
newer bikes. This was my first chance to ride something this
special...and the experience wasn't lost on me. A good friend
with Flying Goat Media (Facebook) put a video together for me,
documenting a bit about the bike, the restoration, and Sonny.
Yes, that's me in the video, riding as well.
Here's a rundown of her current condition. Mind
you, I'm not an expert on early Ducati bikes, please forgive any
mistakes. I'm doing my best to list and sell her for Sonny.
8206 miles on the clock (Veglia gages are original). Bike
had 7994 miles when it went down.
Brand new OEM steel tank, not a replica. Not a scratch on
Fiberglass seat unit, side covers, front and rear mud
guards. Original new old stock, not repainted.
32mm Dellorto PHF32A carbs with K&N filters
Borrani front and rear wheels with Avon RoadRider tires.
Tommaselli Daytona 2C throttle and clip-ons
New old stock footpegs, levers, and other
Choke works perfectly
Aprilia Duplo headlight with Verlicchi headlamp brackets
Conti exhaust including Conti clamps
Black plastic CEV taillight bracket with small lens.
Sonny Angel plate holder with vintage button reflectors
Original service manuals, parts catalogs, posters,
magazines, and Ducati sales media from Sonny's shop (stamped
Sonny Angel Motorcycles)
I've put roughly 220 miles on her since
March. About two weeks ago (during filming for the video),
the speedometer stopped working. I'll be more than happy to
pay for repairs. Gage is original and needs to stay with the
Has a small oil leak originating from the
rear valve cover on the aft cylinder. Haven't attempted to
remove the seat to tighten them or apply sealant.
Bike has a Michigan title.
located in San Diego, California.
**All proceeds from the sale will go to support
Sonny's retirement and medical care**
Shipping available through Bevel Heaven
anywhere in the lower 48 states for ~ $703
HERE for more info & to purchase the service