1976 Ducati 860 GT for Sale
Just a couple days ago, we posted one of the classic “round-case” Ducatis. Today, we have the later follow-up model, the 860GT, dressed in very cool but slightly faded period colors. The sharp creases of the new bodywork and engine cases were penned by Giorgetto Guigiaro, clearly in the same angular design headspace as when he designed the original Lotus Esprit and VW Golf/Rabbit. Perhaps if he’d been channeling the same muse as when he designed the gorgeous Maserati Ghibli and DeTomaso Mangusta, the 860GT would have been better received…
These are pretty elegant-looking bikes, but it’s clear that Ducati fans can be a conservative bunch: when the bike was introduced, the styling was very polarizing and this was reflected in disappointing sales. But sinking sales and a financially- imperiled Ducati just mean that modern collectors in search of vintage style and impeccable pedigree can pick one of these up at a much more reasonable cost.
From the original eBay listing: 1976 Ducati 860GT for Sale
Up for auction is a 1976 Ducati 860 GT. A very nice original bike. Has 18,224 actual miles. Runs great and shifts through all gears. Chrome on exhaust, wheels and other small parts is typical Italian chrome with some blistering and some loss. All the paint is original. Fenders are faded. Tank and side covers are nice with tank only having one small ding on the rt side and some chip from normal use. Has been sitting without fuel and was put away as a running bike with no known problems other than the tachometer is broken. Light switches on the bars have been replaced but work. Small ding in the bezel of the speedometer. Tires are Conti Blitz and are like new. Mufflers are stock and not dented or rusted out.
In spite of it’s relatively controversial styling, Ducati still managed to make and sell plenty of these, so availability and the less classic looks have kept prices relatively low. Although with the round-case model values headed ever upward, prices for these are also increasing.