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.
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.
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)
Stainless steel spokes
New Michelin tires
Rebuilt front forks
Rebuilt shocks (Jupiter type)
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.
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?