1954 Ducati 98 Moto Giro
Specifications: 98 cc OHV single cylinder, four speeds.

The pushrod Ducati 98 Sport was launched at the Milan Show in 1953, and the model would remain in production until 1962. It had an external oil
cooler, a modest output of 6.8 horsepower and a top speed of 56 mph. The bike on offer is believed to have been a period race bike, with some
evidence of race-preparation, including a straight-through pipe. It is in generally sound original condition with the paint showing characteristic
patina. Nevertheless, it has provocative provenance and is believed to have competed in the challenging pre-1957 Motogiro d’Italia.
1950 Ducati 60
By 1950 Ducati had sold 200,000 “Cucciolo” bicycle motors. In fact business had been so brisk that bicycle makers were building bikes specifically
to be fitted with motors. Ducati had talked with former aircraft manufacturers Aero Caproni about building complete motorcycles together, but each
had different plans. So Ducati went out on its own, launching the 60 Sport in March 1950. Developed from the Cucciolo, it was a 65-cc four-stroke
OHV single, capable of 40 mph and 200 mpg.

The bike for sale is the first real motorcycle model built by a company that’s now a worldwide brand with innumerable racing championships and a
reputation for building the best sport bikes. It is an older restoration with a pleasing patina and surely a must-have for the serious Ducati collector.
1949 Ducati Cucciolo Moto Giro
Specifications: 48 cc OHV single cylinder, two speeds.

Mario Recchia started as a Ducati mechanic in 1946 and was a pivotal figure in the racing department for many years. Recchia was also a skilled
rider, winning his first race on the Via Emilia in 1947 on a Cucciolo and becoming champion of Emilia Romagna province in 1951. According to the
vendor, Recchia raced this bike on street circuits in 1950. He rode it to work in Bologna during the week and raced it on Sundays.

Recchia raced with Bruno Spaggiari, Franco Villa and Franco Farne and also built and tuned their engines. He competed in the 1955, 1956 and
1957 Motogiro D’Italias, but one of his best stories is his roadside repair in a Milan-Taranto race. His Cucciolo broke in Sienna; he dismantled it
and discovered the bearings had seized. Lacking any oil, he used the banana he had bought for lunch and finished the event.

When Carlo Saltarelli began working at the Ducati factory in the early 1970s, he and Recchia became lifelong friends. Recchia was present when
Saltarelli opened his museum to the public in 2000, and he gave Saltarelli his racing Cucciolo as a gift. Mario Recchia passed away soon
thereafter in 2007.

This bike was restored approximately 30 years ago and is presented with a handsome patina. Owned by two pivotal motorcycling figures, this
machine offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of Ducati history.
1959 Ducati 200 Elite
Specifications: 204 cc SOHC single, four speeds.

The 200 Elite was introduced in 1959, developed by boring the 175-cc motor by 5 mm, to a capacity of 204 cc. Top speed was boosted to 87 mph,
and the 245-pound Elite generated 18 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. It also wore the jelly mould tank, clip-on bars and dual mufflers of the 175, and
both models gained 18-inch wheels. The engine of the Elite proved practically unbreakable if it was being raced or merely ridden hard.

Good examples of the 200 Elite are hard to find these days, as most owners like to keep them and ride them. They are also welcome entrants at
numerous vintage events. The bike on offer here is an extremely nice older restoration, with excellent paint and chrome, and will certainly gain
admiring glances whether on the road or the show field.
1956 Ducati 65 Cucciolo Sport
Specifications: 65 cc OHV single cylinder, three speeds.

The sporting version of the Ducati 65 featured a dual seat and clip-on handlebars but still had the 65-cc motor producing 2.5 horsepower at 5,600
rpm. The small capacity motor was mated to a three-speed transmission. The bike on offer is an older restoration in red and black paint with good
chrome and a black vinyl seat.
1955 Ducati 125 Formula 3
Specifications: 125 cc SOHC Desmo single, four speeds.

Fabio Taglioni’s 100-cc Gran Sport set the pattern for Ducati singles for the next 20 years. Developed in 1955 for the Motogiro d’Italia, the 100-cc
SOHC bevel-drive single generated nine horsepower at 9,000 rpm and topped out at 80 mph. The engine was bored out to 125 cc that same year
and proved very successful in long-distance road races, being capable of 12 horsepower at 9,800 rpm, with an impressive 93 mph top speed.

The Desmodromic valve gear, which mechanically opened and closed the valves, was developed from the Mercedes-Benz technology they used
on their straight-eight W196 Grand Prix cars. Mercedes never used it in production cars at that time, but Taglioni developed it for racing. Twelve
years later he also applied it to the wide-case singles. The Desmo advantage was to have no valve “float,” and the 125-cc SOHC single could
produce up to 19 horsepower, winding reliably to 15,000 rpm.

The F3 bikes, which followed from 1958-62, were made available to privateers worldwide, in 125-cc, 175-cc and eventually 250-cc displacements.
All gained enclosed valve springs, and the larger bikes had an improved twin-leading shoe Amadoro brake. Steering head angles and rear
suspensions were altered to improve handling, and larger megaphone exhausts were fitted.

This F3 is one of a small number of bikes prepared by Ducati for privateer racers and based upon the works machines that ran in all the
competitive events. Franco Villa, for example, won a supporting race at the 1958 Italian Grand Prix at Monza on a 175-cc F3.

However, the factory made a move to twin-cylinder 125-cc Desmo engines for the 1958 works bikes, which could produce 22.5 horsepower at an
astounding 13,800 rpm. Amazingly these engines were safe to rev to 17,000 rpm and featured six-speed gearboxes; however, it should be noted
that the singles were considerably more successful than the twins. The factory hired six top riders and campaigned single- and twin-cylinder
Desmos but were dogged by ill-luck—so much so that Ducati quit works racing at the end of the 1958 season.

Despite the fitment of lights and a kick-start, F3s were built purely for racing. This example is in original unrestored condition with a factory number
plate fly screen, alloy wheel rims, Dell’Orto SS1 250 carburettor, Veglia competition tachometer and an Aprilia headlight. Its present patina and
character is irreplaceable and likely to attract a great deal of attention at any gathering of the cognoscenti.
1954 Ducati 98 Sport
Specifications: 98 cc OHV single cylinder, four speeds.

In 1953, the 98 Sport joined the more conservative 98 N and 98 T OHV Ducati models at the Milan show and was an immediate success. The
company had not yet dabbled with Fabio Taglioni’s bevel-drive Gran Sport, and the performance of the 98 was modest, with 6.8 horsepower and a
top speed of 56 mph. But it had the look of something faster, with an oil cooler in front of the engine, and that’s what counted. This example is a
nice older restoration in silver and black with good paint and chrome and alloy rims.
1947 Ducati Cucciolo 48
Specifications: 48 cc OHV single cylinder, two speeds.

When the 48-cc Ducati Cucciolo was launched immediately after WWII it was an overnight success. More than 200,000 were sold by 1950, and
bicycle makers were building bikes just to have the motor fitted to them. With a two-speed transmission, a Cucciolo-powered bicycle could manage
20 mph and travel 180 miles on a gallon of fuel. By the time production ended in 1955, the Cucciolo motor was installed in its own moped frame.
The powered bicycle on offer is an older restoration which is well presented. It has dark red paint, good chrome, lights and a sprung front fork.
1958 Ducati 125 Aurea
Specifications: 124 cc OHV single-cylinder, four speeds.

The Aurea was the top-flight pushrod model produced by Ducati from 1958-62. It used the 125-cc OHV engine, the twin cradle frame of the TV
model and, from 1960, the sporting bars, tank and headlight from the OHC 125 Sport. It generated 6.5 horsepower for a top speed of 53.3 mph
from a motorcycle that was both handsome and economical. This final series bike on offer is a solid original example finished in blue and gold
paint and is an ideal candidate for restoration.
1952 Ducati Cucciolo 65T
Specifications: 65 cc, OHV single cylinder, three speeds.

Even as Cucciolo motors were powering bicycles across Italy, designer Giovanni Fiorio was developing Ducati’s first real motorcycle, the 60 of
1949. The second type 60 Sport was introduced in March 1950. The basic OHV, pushrod design would stay in production until the 125-cc Cadet of
1967. With square dimensions of 44x43 mm and a three-speed transmission, it produced 2.25 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. The touring 65 T was
released in 1952. The bike on offer is a nice older restoration with very good paint and detail work and is very nicely presented.
1940's and 1950's

The Story of Carlo Saltarelli - Born in Ostra, Italy in 1949, Carlo Saltarelli is a life-long motorcycle enthusiast. He began his career working for a Ducati dealer at 16 years of
age, about the same time as he purchased his first bike, a 125 Sport. His ability both mechanically and as a rider was quickly recognized and proven, and in the early 1970s,
he purchased the shop where he had worked and learned his trade. In 1971, he purchased an orange Ducati 750S and, in 1972, turned his hand to racing. The Ducati factory
was so impressed with his riding that they asked him to become an official test rider for their new road machines. He quickly progressed to a race team test rider, and in 1974
he established Team Saltarelli until he retired from racing in 1980. His impressive collection of Ducatis was carefully amassed over the past three decades and represents the
whole story of Ducati motorcycles, including road and racing machines.  The photo's below were taken from MR Auctions and their sale of Carl Saitarelli's collection.