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1974 Ducati 750 Sport  ~  For Sale  ~
posted 5/2/2017 - sold 5/3/2017
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1974 Ducati 750 Sport ~ SOLD ~

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 house.

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 restored.

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 it.

  • 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 hard parts

  • Choke works perfectly

  • Original chain guard

  • 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 bike.

  • 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.

  • Bike is located in San Diego, California.


**All proceeds from the sale will go to support Sonny's retirement and medical care**


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