Lot 2

2017   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2017

1965 Ducati 250 Mach 1

SOLD $28,600


$20,000 - $30,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Outstanding Example Offered from Ducati Expert
Part of Significant Ducati Collections for the Last 40 Years
Rare and Highly Coveted 250 Model
Carefully Restored with Many Rare NOS Parts
An Important and Beautiful Piece of 1960s Italian Engineering

Technical Specs

250 CC SOHC Air-Cooled Single
Single Dell’Orto SS29 Carburetor
27 HP at 8,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
2-Wheel Drum Brakes
Marzocchi Telescopic Front Forks
Rear Swing-Arm Suspension with Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle is titled by its engine number.

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In the 1950s, Ducati’s single-cylinder road and competition motorcycles established the small Bologna company as a world-class manufacturer. Famed engineer Fabio Taglioni was hired in 1954 to develop a motorcycle to win the Motogiro d’Italia, and his Gran Sport did just that, featuring the first iteration of his famous bevel-drive overhead cam design. In the 1960s, the 250 Mach 1 model was one of the fastest 250 cc motorcycles of its day, with a top speed in excess of 100 mph. A high-performance engine, five-speed gearbox, and sporting ergonomics meant the Mach 1 was coveted by enthusiasts.

This outstanding example’s known history begins in 1976 with Ron Tittensor of Bellingham, Washington. Mr. Tittensor was a collector of important Ducati singles, including twin-cam Grand Prix factory race bikes. According to the consignor, Mr. Tittensor restored this Mach 1 himself, sourcing many rare NOS parts, including correct shocks, gauges, and clip-ons. The consignor purchased the Mach 1 from Mr. Tittensor in 2011, adding it to his own extraordinary Ducati collection.

Considered the rarest of the 250 sporting singles, correctly restored Mach 1s are difficult to find. This example is exceptional, having lived in significant Ducati collections for the past 40 years. It is an ideal acquisition for the discerning collector or the casual enthusiast interested in artful engineering and 1960s Italian design.