Classic Bevel-Drive: 1973 Ducati 750GT for Sale

1973 Ducati 750GT R Side

If you’ve got a spare kidney, there’s a very nice Ducati 750GT in Ontario that’s looking for a home. Bevel-drive Ducatis continue to appreciate in value and, with the SS and Sport models out of reach for the average enthusiast, the more pedestrian GT is the only shot at round-case action for most people. While the only v-twin Ducatis to get the famous Desmo valvetrain were the SuperSports, the GT still had a very precise bevel-drive and tower-shaft arrangement that help give these bikes their classic style and sound and maintenance bills…

1973 Ducati 750GT Dash

Interestingly, the GT is also the most practical of the v-twin Ducatis: while it lacks the racy clip-ons and solo seat of the Sport and the sleek fairing of the SS, ergonomics designed with human beings, instead of hellbent-for-leather track monkeys, means that owners with the dosh to afford these can actually enjoy them, even if their monkey days are far behind them…

1973 Ducati 750GT R Side Engine

Ducati’s line of 750cc twins got a cosmetic make-over in 1974 that featured a more rectilinear look for the engine cases. Purists greatly prefer the more rounded-style of the earlier bikes, and it’s easy to see why: in the same way that the Triumph Bonnevile epitomizes the look of a classic British twin, the 750 Ducati captures the best of Italy during this era of motorcycling. While the new cases were much more “modern” at the time, they pointed the way forward into the more slab-sided, altogether less elegant and more slab-sided 70s and 80s.

1973 Ducati 750GT Seat

From the original eBay listing: 1973 Ducati 750GT for Sale

I have added more pictures of the stuff that comes with the bike.
1973 Ducati 750GT round case. A true collectors motorcycle, certainly one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever produced.
Engine number 751XXX DM750, Frame number: DM750S 751XXX, 2nd series. North America

Engine:

Carbs are 32mm Dellorto’s (PHF 32AD, PHF32AS), K&N filters, the original 30mm Amal carbs are included, with original air boxes and hoses.
OEM Tommaselli twin pull throttle and controls.
Engine has never been apart since I have owned it. Always lovingly tuned and maintained.
The finish on the motor is authentic and unrestored. It’s always looked like that since I’ve owned it.

Chassis:

While the bike has not been restored in the purest sense, It has been brought back to as close to its original condition as possible.
Correct Borrani flanged rims (RM014403, RM014626/1)
Original front hub. The bike had a single Lockheed disk brake and caliper. At some point in my ownership I borrowed the master cylinder for another project, figuring I could always come up with another when the time comes. I searched high and low for a single Lockheed master cylinder with no luck. I did find a Lockheed master with 2 rings on it indicating a double disk set up. Now if you think finding an original rare master was difficult, try finding a second disk and an even more rare, mirror image Lockheed calliper. I did find a pair from a later model and that is what is on the bike now. Has Earls stainless braided lines – braking is much improved. OEM Single disk included.

The front end is OEM Marzzocchi leading fork. Excellent chrome, pinch bolt has been overtightened, cracked and will need attention, (see photo)
Exhaust pipes, and balance pipe are original and cleaned up nice, mufflers are Bub replicas. I can find one of the original Contis, the other must be around somewhere, they are painted black and not nice.
Original sidestand!!!
Seat has been reupholstered to match original pattern and is really nice. Small 1/8″ tear, (see photo). Original seat included.
Fiberglass tank and side panels painted to original spec and tank sealed and lined. Really nice.
Frame was painted red! by original owner at some time and then the coat of black paint on it now looks presentable.
The bike had been in dry storage for 20 years, periodically turned over with oil in cylinders. Protective coating on cycle parts. Cleaned up excellent. Changed oil, new battery and started after 4 kicks!

1973 Ducati 750GT Front Brakes

The listing includes a comprehensive account of many parts used to recondition the bike. While the dual front brakes may not be original, I’m sure there aren’t too many people who will mind that update very much! Especially since the paired Lockheed calipers are period-correct. Originality is cool, but considering the reputation the original Scarab calipers have, those might be best left for museum pieces…

Asking price is $23,000 with about 24 hours left. All-in-all, a very nice bike, at a price that’s definitely less than a well-optioned Hyundai Elantra. I know that if I were cross shopping those two vehicles which I’d choose…

-tad

1973 Ducati 750GT Rear Suspension

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5 Responses

  1. Fiberglass tank? Never OEM; they were steel, just like the Sport. Methinks this bike is cobbled up given the description, but will still be a very nice machine. I’ve owned 3, and they’re awesome tourers, with perfect riding ergonomics and a dead smooth motor.

  2. tad says:

    Good to hear from you, Paul! I always wonder if that kind of thing is a just a typo… You’re gonna sell a bike like this, you’d better be careful a bit of misinformation like that doesn’t scare people off! “Cobbled-up” is exactly the kind of bike I’d want personally: I don’t care much about numbers-matching originality, but part of the reason for that is a lower cost.

  3. Jess says:

    I really enjoyed Paul’s blog about the vintage “Cannonball” ride across the U.S.

  4. Johnny says:

    Paul,
    Fiberglass tanks and body work are OEM for Ducati 750 GT of 1971, 1972 and early 1973.

  5. locky says:

    Dukes of the era had very irregular standards of original fitment as the factory was always near broke and simply fitted whatever was in stock – I have owned several early roundcase bevels and the endless differences keep the anoraks happy arguing-best to just enjoy what you have and modify it to whatever your taste demands.
    Back in the day owners botched these bikes to keep them going as parts were often both hard to find and crazy money-Ducati aftersales was dreadful for many many years.
    Its a shame they have become so valuable now as they are vanishing off the roads and into hiding-I raced a 750 Sport for 7 years and changed the bike endlessly during that time-rims, shocks, barrels overbored to 864, crankcases modified, fibreglass seat and tank added, 10 dollar paintjob, close ratio gearbox etc etc.
    And loved every minute of it. Only seized once, on the rear cylinder, we loosened it up with a smack of a hammer and raced it again though it was a wee bit more rattly than usual.
    Good days.