Single and Italian: 1970 Ducati 450 Mark 3 for Sale

1970 Ducati 450 Mark 3 R Side Front

This fine Saturday finds this Ducati 450 Mark 3 looking for a home. Although Ducati no longer makes single-cylinder motorcycles, they were the company’s bread-and-butter until the small-displacement Pantah twins arrived in the early 1980’s. The bevel-drive twins grabbed much of the glory, but their smaller, simpler siblings have a long history on the street and in competition. In recent years, collectors have been gobbling these up and prices have been increasing accordingly.

1970 Ducati 450 Mark 3 L Side Detail

The singles were available as sporty racers, practical standards, and even dirt bikes, with a range of displacements from 160 to 450cc’s. They were sophisticated machines, with a tower-shaft driven, single overhead-cam. The 450 Desmo models remain at the top of the heap, but bikes like this 450 Mark 3 are much sought-after as well, with displacement that allows for real-world riding and even highway use.

1970 Ducati 450 Mark 3 L Side

From the original eBay listing: 1970 Ducati 450 Mark 3 for Sale

Bevel Ducati 450 Mark 3 non-Desmo

A cosmetic make over with a low miles strong stock engine with a new top end gasket and seal kiits. bore and everything else inside is like new. Use the “Buy it Now” and get free crated shipping to most of the lower 48 states, with discounts for overseas shipping.

Tank and tool boxes have fresh paint perfect
Frame has good paint
Rebuilt Dellorto 29mm VHB
New points, condenser and plug
New key switch (two keys)
Alloy wheels
Stainless steel spokes
New Michelin tires
New battery
Rebuilt front forks
Rebuilt shocks (Jupiter type)
New cables
New reproduction exhaust system
Tank had been repainted and the chrome panels was unable to save them (silver painted)
Overall the chrome is in good shape for 40+ years, except the chrome on the rear fender is peeling
The seat needs a recover: the pan is solid with no rust (my guy is booked up until 2015)

The seller also included a video of the bike running and idling.

1970 Ducati 450 Mark 3 Dash

With just over 24 hours left in the auction, bidding is up to $4,850 with the reserve, unsurprisingly, Not Yet Met. The Buy it Now price is set at $8,995 which seems reasonable for a 450 Mark 3: while smaller singles can definitely be had for less, the 450’s have been steadily increasing in value. With free shipping to most of the US at that price, I’m a bit surprised there’ve been no takers, since the bike looks to be in pretty nice shape. Any Ducati fans out there care to comment?


1970 Ducati 450 Mark 3 R Side


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4 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    This is about the 3rd or 4th this Ducati has been on ebay this summer. I don’t know why but people don’t want to bid on it. Could it be a “Bitsa” and not collectible? Maybe its on the wrong coast, these sell for alot in California.

  2. Johnny says:

    Its hard to gauge why this one in particular doesnt seem to get bidding interest. Possibly because it isn’t really original and it isn’t really restored, and it also is not a desmo. Also, since reserve is on, why bother bidding. An earlier desmo version with twin filler tank….. Likely a different story by a multiple of this bikes buy it now price.

  3. Jess says:

    Yup. The bidding only got to $5,600. Seller shot down again. I know the seller is pretty stubborn and his price won’t come down.

  4. Big E says:

    the DB CYCLES name puts a red flag up by most Ducati owners