Ducati 750 Imola Desmo from 1972

Although Ducati has a wide range of very special motorcycles in its portfolio, this one 750 Imola Desmofrom the series of 8 copies that the brand manufactured to be able to obtain the Imola 200, is among the most exclusive in this ranking.

Not only because Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari They finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the demanding test. Also because the Italian brand did the rest for the development and production of these emblematic competition frames.

You would have to go back to the early 1970s, when Ducati decided to take on Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta, who had dominated the upper echelon of motorcycling for years. Led by its legendary engineer Fabio Taglioni, Ducati specially prepared eight 750 Imola Desmo to undertake this mission.

Among the main technical advances exhibited by the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo of 1972 highlighted:

  • 748cc 4-stroke OHC V-twin engine
  • Bevel gear driven camshafts
  • Actuation of desmodromic valves
  • Elimination of the alternator and flywheel
  • Double spark plug per cylinder
  • Asymmetrical exhaust system (left side anchored higher)
  • Dell'Orto PHM 40mm Carburetors
  • Quick refueling cap
  • 5 speed gearbox
  • Double front disc brake

Dream bikes for sale: Ducati 750 Imola Desmo from 1972

Ducati 750 Imola Desmo: The motorcycle that changed the history of the brand

More than 70,000 spectators packed the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Racecoursewaiting to find out who would manage to win the largest prize ever awarded for a victory in a motorcycle competition: 35,000,000 million lire, about three million old pesetas, approximately equivalent to 406,000 euros today.

After that victory, the brand launched a small special edition of 401 examples of the well-known Ducati 750SS Green Frame on the market, which are currently priced at prices above 200,000 euros. However, this unit belonging to the Imola Desmo 750 series plays in another league, in all aspects.

Dream bikes for sale: Ducati 750 Imola Desmo from 1972

After the tremendous victory, the brand distributed the eight motorcycles throughout the planet, to sponsor a milestone of such magnitude. This example, in particular number 2, ended up in the South African Formula 750 championship, where the driver Errol James finished in 5th position overall.

The bike later competed at the Kyalami circuit and then in Angola, where it ended up bending a connecting rod. It was later stored at Vetsak, the official Ducati importer in Johannesburg. It was there that motorcycle enthusiast and political correspondent John D'Oliveira discovered it and purchased it on May 4, 1976.

Dream bikes for sale: Ducati 750 Imola Desmo from 1972

According to the description of the ad itself: “In March 1995, the D'Oliveira family shipped the motorcycle from Durban, South Africa, to Los Angeles with the intention of selling it.”. It was eventually purchased by John L. Stein, an automobile and motorcycle journalist for numerous major publications. In 1990 he sent it to the New Zealand specialist McIntosh Racing, where several modifications and improvements were made.

In 2000, Stein participated in the Pukekohe Classic Festival in New Zealand, winning the classic category. After the race, “The Ducati 750 Imola Desmo was airlifted back to Mr. Stein in California and then campaigned in the Vmoto/HMSA races at Laguna Seca, where it achieved a second place finish in the open class. Since then, it has been regularly maintained and put into operation.”

Dream bikes for sale: Ducati 750 Imola Desmo from 1972

The specialist Ian Fallon prepared an extensive 44-page report where he talks in detail about this specimen and the history of the model and alludes that: “the condition and originality are of such a high standard that this is one of the best examples known”. In addition, this 750 Imola Desmo has extensive documentation that includes a telegram from the brand itself on April 26, 1973, detailing the exact valve timing.

The problem, like everything in life, is money. are expected to be paid about 700,000 euros for this iconic 750 Imola Desmo in the next online auction that Gooding & Company will hold from May 8 to 17 of this 2024.

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