Forty Seven years old. Nine Hundred cubic centimeters. Three thousand, nine hundred miles. Two hundred and twenty five thousand US dollars. I’ll let that sink in while you do the maths.
From the seller:
This is a pre Keith Harte owned 1975 Ducati 900SS. First year for 900 Supersport and only 246 were built in combination with the ‘75 750SS. The ‘75 SS is the only Ducati that shares the ‘74 750SS frame. Also the first 900 Supersports were made for production racing. They featured a fiberglass tank with 40mm Dellorto carbs, Conti Silencers, no turn signals and GP style right side shift. At the time you can also order them with the Imola upswept pipes as shown in some photos. They were the real superbikes of the 1970’s. With less than half of 1975 900SS built compared to the 1974 750SS Greenframe it makes the 1975 900ss the most rare of the Supersports.
More from the seller:
This particular example was slightly modified by Keith Harte in the 70s. He disassembled the motor and built it with high performance Ducati racing parts and also nickel plated the frame. It also won a Canadian championship with rider John Connel from Oakville, ON, Canada. I recommissioned the bike approximately 5 years ago giving it a new set of shoes, some elbow grease, carb and brakes rebuild and some TLC. I ride it approximately twice a year without any issues. Thanks for looking and good luck.
The 1970 era Ducatis are pretty hot on the collector market. The green-framed 750 is the usual suspect when it comes to valuation, as these are most closely aligned with Ducati’s early race efforts (and victories). The 750 was first made available in 1974 as a round case model. By 1975 there were two versions, the 750 and the 900. These are suitably rare due to the low numbers in production at the time. Interestingly these models had the shift linkage on the right hand side, rear foot brake on the left – in the days before global standardization of controls. They are also relatively identical, save for capacity. And while neither was officially imported into the US, it is nice to see a few of them made the journey. Today’s example is exactly that.
The seller indicates this is a Keith Harte bike, Keith being one of the earliest Ducati dealers/importers in Canada in the 1970s. That would fit how this bike came to North America. Keith was well known as a tuner and builder of race bikes. Certainly there must be some interesting stories about this particular machine if Keith toyed with it! By all accounts this is one gorgeous and historic piece of thundering artwork. The bike is well presented and the seller has offered some beautiful photographs. This 1975 Ducati 900 Supersport is being offered in a Buy It Now format for a mere $225,000 (the seller is open to offers). Check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!