SOLD! : ’74 Ducati 750SS
Buyer and seller have entered into an agreement and it looks like Mint has sold the 750 SS.
There is a first for everything and you are never too old to learn. Mintologists are basically car people but we’ve been smitten by 2 motorcycles that have managed to crawl under our skin. We announce to the world that we are not experts in the land of the 2 wheeler therefore we invite corrective comments delivered in the proper tone. But we are fast learners and always ask the advice of people who are well-known in their world. With that said, Mint is proud to announce the exclusive representation of a ’74 Ducati 750 SS Green Frame or Super Sport. As the editors at Italy’s Motociclismo wrote, “To say that the SuperSport 750 was one of the most beautiful sportbikes ever made is no exaggeration; it may be considered among the most significant motorcycles of all time.” This was a street bike that went racing. The then new Ducati 750 was raced by Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari at the inaugural Imola 200 road race. Smart was not overly impressed by the roadster and didn’t even want to ride it. That changed when he arrived back in the pits to much fanfare because he had just smashed Imola’s lap record! Smart and fellow 750SS rider Bruno Spaggiari went on to a smashing 1-2 finish. Ducati made about 200 bikes for sale to people well connected in the racing world. It was their “Halo Bike”. Most were thrashed on the track and according to Derek “Nobby” Clark, probably 50 of them are gone forever, parted out after a crash or some other unknown fate. Our exclusive 750 SS – 075059 – has been out of the public eye for decades and does NOT appear in Ian Faloon’s definitive book on the 750 SS. Originally purchased by a California man, it remained in his family until the current owner purchased it in 2000. The 750 came East to Connecticut and was never registered. It was properly stored in a climate controlled environment for 14 years. The bike was unearthed and brought to Auto Turismo Sport where it was revived by master Ferrari technician and Harley owner, Sean Sheridan. The bike is in original, unrestored condition. Sheridan and Nobby Clark are friends so Nobby came over for an informal review of the bike’s condition. Nobby thought it best to preserve the original condition of the bike and get it running properly. Therefore the 750 SS is being offered in running condition. We are purists and would not touch the bike although some might say it is a bit too far gone ( a little pitting here, a little paint wear there) to preserve. We disagree. If it were a racing Ferrari, we would prefer to leave the scars of use in place as a testament to the historic importance. If you want a new bike, we suggest you go buy one and leave this one be. But that is up to the seller and anyone who steps forward with the first $130,000 bank transfer. Call Michael in Connecticut at (203) 417-6856 for an appointment for a personal inspection. Click here for a Flickr Gallery of detailed photos. Click here for a very brief video of the 750 SS’s first cough after a 14-year slumber.
Derek “Nobby” Clark visited the 750 SS as a favor to a friend and in no way proclaims that the visit was official and takes no responsibility for the authenticity or proper running condition of Frame 075059.