Unrestored 1974 Ducati 750 SS at Mecum
The Mecum Auction at the South Point Hotel, Jan, 25-28, will open bidding on one of the few remaining unrestored Ducati 1974 750 SS models in existence. First owned by an employee of importer Berliner Motor Corp. of New Jersey, it was sold in 1975 to a buyer in Arkansas who kept it for 16 years. The current owner bought the Super Sport in 1991 and rode it sparingly; the odometer shows about 12,000 miles. The original Scarab front brakes were replaced with Brembos, the original Lockheed remains on the rear. The engine has not been disassembled.
According to the owner, the fiberglass tank shows no evidence of leakage. The original silver paint has turned to a bronze hue, since the factory clear coat did little to discourage UV rays. Many customer were upset with this “discoloration” and demanded a repaint from dealers. Now the golden patina is known as a certificate of authenticity of original paint. The tank has been signed by prominent Ducatisti of the early Superbike era – Cook Neilson, Paul Smart, Reno Leoni and Jon White.
Included in the sale are the original Metzler tires, Scarab brakes and master cylinder. Also included are the tool kit and Desmo manual for 750 valve adjustment (there was no owner’s manual for the SS). While the reserve has not been disclosed, the 750 SS is expected to bring in the neighborhood of $200,000. Nice neighborhood.