1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport for Sale

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport R Side

The Ducati 900 SuperSport inspired the moto-lust of many a young man in the 1970’s. Most of the advertising I’ve seen from the time features the same type of glorious excess imagery you would find in the 1980’s, complete with smug, rich bastards and women in various states of undress suggestively draped over the hardware. It was all blatantly aspirational, but somehow it seemed classier, more innocent, more afro-y.

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport Advert

In some ways, the 900 SuperSport was already nearly obsolete at the time it was introduced: the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z900 really pointed the way forward in terms of straight-line performance, and were just some frame-bracing and shock-revalving away from domination on both road and track. A hand-built, two valve twin just couldn’t compete with a big four that combined both low-end torque and a screaming top end.

But on the racetracks of the period, it was a different story, where the Ducati’s handling made up for a lack of outright power and was described as “the best ready-to-race production racer that money can buy” by period British racer Percy Tait.

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport Dash

With the purer, early 750SS rapidly becoming nearly unobtainable and priced accordingly, and the 900 has become the expensive, but more accessible choice. It was nearly the last of the line and benefited from the gradual updates and development that Ducati applied throughout the bevel-drive twin’s lifetime. And while it may have been a bit outdated at the time it was being made, that hardly matters now and the bedroom dreams of teenage racers can now be realized for the price of a well-equipped Honda Civic.

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Ducati SuperSport for sale

1977 900  Ducati SuperSport
All restored and correct.
Starts on first or second kick.
Runs beautiful
Rare 900 bevel twins with baroni wheels.

While most of the shots are out of focus, I had to feature this bike, since it’s been a while since we featured a nice Ducati SS here on CSBFS. And what’s that in the background? A Supermono?! And a couple MV Agusta F4’s, a 916, a 900SS Superlight, and what appears to be some sort of 750 F1-derivative.

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport L Front

This guy clearly knows his motorcycles, but unfortunately doesn’t seem to know his way around a camera: we’re lucky his thumb isn’t in the picture. There’s still some time left on this auction but, it looks like no one will be getting any bargains out of this particular collection: we’re up to $25k with active bidding and the reserve has not yet been met.


1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport L Rear

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1 Response

  1. Jess says:

    Sooo sexy, but at $35K with four days to go I can only watch and wish. The current bid pays for a nice garage to store my other toys. I guess a die cast model of this 900 SS is in my future.