Add to My MSN

Found on eBay: 1975 Ducati 860 GT

1/26/2011 11:32:40 AM

Tags:

ducati 860 GT 

Though eBay is full of interesting and unusual motorcycles, I can't remember the last time I saw a Ducati 860 GT for sale. Though this one isn't perfect, if you're a fan of the love-it-or-hate-it styling, this Duc may be for you.

According to the Standard Catalog of Ducati Motorcycles by Ian Falloon, only 776 860 GT's were produced for the U.S. market, and all of them were producted for the 1974 model year, so this may well be a 1974 model that was titled in 1975.

The 860 GT was redesigned and restyled in an effort to make it more attractive for the U.S. market and also to make it more reliable and lessen needed maintenance. Though, as Falloon's book bluntly points out, "The 860 GT replaced the 750 GT after 1974, but it was ugly, unreliable and not a success."

According to Falloon's book, many changes were made from the 750 GT. The frame was shorter and the CEV switches and electrical system were completely new, but "... it is questionable whether they were an improvement, and there were many updates during the first year of production. Responding to poor sales, Ducati hurriedly restyled the 860 GT during 1975 to create the 860 GTS."

Despite all that, if the 860 GT is your cup of tea, this one looks to be in mostly orignal condition, with approximately 15,000 original miles. According to the auction, it has a new battery, everything works, and it runs great. The seat does look to have some stitching issues and the paint isn't perfect. We've never seen one with this paint scheme, so further research may be needed to find out if the paint is original or not.

To visit the auction for this 1975 Ducati 860 GT, go here. 

 

 



Related Content

Found on eBay: 1973 Ducati 450 Mark 3

Unrestored and in nice usable shape, this 1973 Ducati 450 looks like good clean fun to us.

Ducati Superbike Concorso Returns for 2008

Do you have a Ducati Superbike you’d like to show off? Has that 1979 900SS you keep in perfect shape...

A Custom Ducati Chopper and a New Lease on Life

After being diagnosed with cancer, one man turns to his shop and a salvaged Ducati chopper engine.

Found on eBay: 1976 Suzuki GT380

A lot of classic motorcycle fans have a special place in their hearts for two-stroke motorcycles, wh...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 

captain
1/27/2011 9:08:23 AM
Ugly damn thing can't believe I own one.... what WAS I thinken????



The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
 

Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $4.95 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $29.95 for a one year subscription!