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*Please note this motorcycle is titled 1972.
In 1971, Ducati introduced one of the most sought-after series of sporting singles, the 250/350/450 Desmos. The motorcycles were later known as “Silver Shotguns,” in reference to the heavy metal-flake finish in the paint. Sporting the Desmodromic engine, first introduced to road bikes in 1968, the styling was strictly of the café racer variety. From the factory, the Silver Shotgun came equipped with 35mm Marzocchi front forks, rear sets that complement the clip-on handlebars, plus a lightweight fuel tank, solo “monoposto” seat, and cutoff fenders all made from fiberglass. Lightweight Borrani 18" alloy rims replace the steel wheels of lesser models.
This Desmo is the preferred early example produced in 1971–72, before the fiberglass tanks were replaced with steel units and bikes were restyled. Nearly unobtainable in the US when new, this particular 350 was imported by Steve Wilkinson, the New York-based editor of Car and Driver magazine. It then passed to Burge Hulett in Florida, before being acquired by noted Ducati collector Robert Westerkamp.
It presents beautifully, having undergone a comprehensive restoration by Westerkamp, after which it was featured in Rich Taylor’s book, Café Racers. The incredible factory metal-flake finish on the tank and bodywork have been faithfully restored, as have the multitude of interesting details that make these Ducatis so sought-after. This 350 Desmo represents a rare opportunity to own one of the finest examples of a highly regarded Ducati Single.