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Big Green: 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport

When it comes to really famous, really collectable Ducatis, it is hard not to imagine the image of a green frame 750ss. Created by Ducati to celebrate the dominance of the 750cc race bikes, the Supersport has become THE streetable icon of a bygone era of brute mechanical setup and rider bravery. Devoid of electronics, slipper clutches, big brakes, sophisticated suspension or even modern tire technology, bikes of this time relied upon the skill of the rider to adjust to conditions - exactly what Paul Smart did to triumph at the 1972 Imola 200. The green frame 750 Supersport was intended as a tribute, but grew to be a tremendous success on its own. Today more people know about the street 750ss than the Italian race (and racer) that inspired it's creation.

1974 Ducati 750 Supersport for sale on eBay

In the early 1970s, Ducati really wanted to win - which is what the likes of Norton and MV Agusta were doing. In what is now familiar Ducati fashion, they did what any manufacturer would do: they threw piles of money at it (although much of this was sweat equity and ingenuity, as Ducati was still a small manufacturer). The 500cc racer's frame was developed by UK frame maker and famed GP racer designer Colin Seeley. Ducati developled the engines in-house, and shipped Seeley early prototype cases to help finalize the bike design. By 1971 - with test rider Mike Hailwood - it was determined that the Seeley frame was too light for the 750cc class. Fabio Taglioni, chief designer and technical director of Ducati, had already incorporated some of Seeley's design elements into a heavier, street bike frame. That was modified to become the legendary racer; yet victory was initially elusive. With mechanical failures having been sorted out in 1971 season (best finish was Phil Read's second to yet another Agostini win), Ducati pulled out all the stops. They fielded a total of EIGHT bikes for the 1972 Imola 200 race, and managed to pull off first and second against the likes of MV Agusta, Norton and Honda factory efforts. It was this victory that cemented Ducati's racing reputation - and the foundation for the street machine.

From the seller:
Genuine Greenframe . Exceptional condition . Currently in Great Britain . I will airfreight to Australia for the successful bidder . Prices are going nuts on these . Buy now or be priced out of the market forever .
Engine number 075318 DM750.1
Frame number DM750SS 075061

Note : Bike is for sale in Great Britain . Will sell to however meets my price .

It's the real thing and 99% correct, sold new in Germany and been there all its life until now, restored some years back and in a private collection for the past 20 years.
It’s very original with a few small details that aren’t correct but all the major components are in very good shape and correct like the rims, cases, frame and yes I think the glasswork is original but its difficult to be 100% sure on this as it could also be 30 year old repro stuff, but whatever it is it's certainly not new or fresh.

It's been re painted in the past. The parts that are non- original as far as I can tell are:
Later Tomaselli Daytona throttle.
Lefthand hi/lo/horn switch
Malossi inlet manifolds and later PHM 40mm Dell’Ortos
> I have bought one original carb so far .
Alloy mesh on original bellmouths
Drilled front brake discs
Later Marzocchi rear shock absorbers < I have a set of original shocks . Headlamp bracket painted green instead of satin black Both front fairing brackets cut down to take one bolt instead of two There is also a broken fin on the rear cylinder. Easy to repair . A front Brembo master cylinder fitted but the original Scarab comes with it. Mechanically its excellent and runs and rides superbly, the condition is very nice but you can see it's not a fresh restoration.

The 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport has often been referred to as one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever produced. The Gugenheim museum highlighted the green frame prominently in their exhibit "The Art of Motorcycle." And collector value for these bikes has soared - to what many consider unreasonable levels. Built by Ducati's race shop in limited numbers (401 is the generally accepted number), this was a true race replica. Sporting triple disk brakes (claimed to be the first street bike to offer this feature), and the cases right out of the racer, the 750ss street bike made concessions for the road; a strengthened crankshaft, provisions for an oil cooler (although none was originally fitted), and different carburetors. The green frame Ducati is said to be the only round case, bevel drive desmo bike produced for the street. The bike even retains the racer's semi-transparent stripe on the tank; a no-need-for-a-gauge solution to determining fuel levels.

This is collector-grade machinery, and with it comes a collector-grade price tag. The opening ask for this auction is a cool $190,000 USD - with a reserve in place. The bike was originally sold in Germany, however it now resides in the UK. At this price, only museums, small countries, or heirs to the Microsoft fortune need apply. But it is good to dream, right? To find a nearly original 1974 Ducati 750ss in this type of condition is a mega-rare event, and you can be assured it will not repeat any time soon. Check it out here and good luck!!

MI

10 Comments

  • wow – that price – looks like the seller picked a bad week to give up (insert airplane movie reference here)

    just kidding…I hope they get it…but I would be surprised if it goes for anything near that amount.

  • This is the same bike that sold for €90k in Europe a few months ago and is still in Great Britain. Unless the market has moved dramatically I think this is an opportunity flipper.

  • Correct Guys it is Luis Gallur. I don`t have a problem with this personally. Good luck to him if he can achieve the $$ although I strongly suspect there is a fair bit of wriggle room there 🙂

  • Nice bike I had a 77 900ss wow what a train to ride! I’m not sure but the color of the green parts of this bike though, don’t look green enough to me. Maybe it’s my monitor.

  • Sold for 140,000 pounds actually . Check with John Fallon at Made In Italy Motorcycles where I bought it That is 156,000 Euro . Wish you guys would get your facts straight before launching into print . Your careless comments are damaging and are at best cheap shots .

    Why do I know this ?

    Because I bought it . No wriggle room to be had . If it doesn’t sell then its coming home to Australia forever. Circumstances change and have a new set of priorities .

    Luis Gallur

  • David above is referring to the sale of this bike from Limbaecher-classic.de where it as advertised for 98500Euro.
    Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QueqGph9z24 you can see the bike. It has the same frame number, 061, same Conti without the oval, same fairing attachment with only two screws rather than four, same later carbs blah blah blah. The bike now has the original tank and shocks. Maybe John put these on before selling it again? So it appears that in a few months this one bike gains two owners and nearly doubles in asking price looking for a third? And, according to Limbaecher, it has new cases from 1996?
    These 74 SS grenframes may be only investments now, actually have been for many years, but they are as extremely beautiful as they are expensive.

  • John might have bought the bike from Germany . He said that it came from there . I bought the bike from John for 140,000 pounds so it has been a nice little earner for him .

    So if I sell it for what I am asking then I will not be making any money . You may ask why did I pay that sort of money ? Well I have sold two others before for a little less but that was years ago . When I bought it I had no intention of on selling it . There has been a lot of sticker shock remarks so it may not sell . Some people have been very rude . I am not a dealer the other two were sold to pay tax bills ! So be it . I can handle looking at it in my collection with the occasional ride . I rode the other two carefully . I know of two other bikes that have sold for more in Australia . If that is not the market today and these things do go up and down then it will come home to me in Australia probably forever .

    I have not seen the bike as yet only seen photos . If the cases hav been changed then John has been less than honest and I will take it up with him . Photos of the engine numbers follow the usual rules and look very authentic to me . Remember I have owned two other Greenframes and know them quite intimately .

    The longer it doesn’t sell the more likely I will keep it as I will find another way to raise the cash . As I have said I am not making any money out of this sale .

    Luis

  • John put the authentic shocks on for me . I have luckily sourced round bodied carbs from 1974 . Not yet fitted . Tank I do not know . The original tanks are very fragile and dangerous now . I still have one .

    I do not begrudge John the stag profit that’s what he does for a living . I don’t . I have outbid him at an auction for one of the two others that I owned and made a $ on that albeit for the tax man . ( Bugger )

    Lyid

  • With reservations I put the allegations made in this comments section to John Fallon of Madeinltalymotorcycles . I repeat they were allegations not fact .

    To protect both his and my reputation we must both state categorically that the cases are original factory cases that came with the bike on delivery . The photos of numbers will be up on his website at some time when he has the chance . I have dealt with John for many years and have found him to be utterly honest and a man of integrity . He also tells me that the 90 odd thousand Euro number is untrue . I frankly don’t give a toss, that is his business and his business alone . I did not haggle with his price trusting the provenance of the bike from his fine establishment . He consistently sells some of the finest motorcycles in the world . I frequently cruise his site with enjoying what I see.

    I reiterate that if you post to these sites please measure twice and cut once . Irresponsible poorly researched comments can be unnecessarily very damaging and reflect badly on its author .

    Luis

  • You are quite right Luis; one must be diligent in research. Any prospective buyer will want to see photos of the frame and engine numbers . They would also appreciate seeing the matching two or three digit numbers found on the cases at the base behind the points distributor. The bike is obviously a real and beautiful example of very desirable greenframe and a quick call to Klaus Limbaecher, asking what is meant in his ad below about a new case in1996, would also clarify things for any prospective buyer. No doubt he meant new paint or some such.

    http://www.bevelheaven.com/bikes4sale/KL-750SS/index.htm

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