1960 Ducati Elite 200

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Why is it that I am drawn to bikes from sellers of few words? This 1960 Ducati Elite 200 SS is one of the early Ducati singles, the beginning of what would become the Ducati we know today. But in 1960, these singles were just starting to come out of Italy, just starting to be caught up in the bigger is better axiom that sold bikes in North America.

 

From the seller

I traded a 750 GT for this Elite many years ago. First place concourse winner at many shows in the midwest.

see pics. Email me if you have any questions or need more pics

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I think that the fact that this seller saw the value of this Ducati single measured up against an big L-twin tells a lot about the Elite. It’s more then just the Jelly Bean tank. Dr Fabio Tagloni had a hand in its design, and though there are only 203cc under the Bevel drive cylinder head, it generated 18hp at 7500rpm and gave a top speed of 80mph.

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This 1960 Ducati Elite 200 might be a small, small single cylinder, but it is a Ducati. Offered from 1959 until 1965 the Elite can be seen as one of the bikes that lead Ducati to where it is today, both on the track and on the road. You might not think of this 200cc bike as a rider, but you might surprise yourself. Buy it and ride it, don’t stick it up on a shelf. BB

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