Dozens of classic Ducatis for sale in auction

1 of 9

Details have been revealed of the dozens of classic Ducatis that will be auctioned in Monaco in May by RM Auctions. The collection was put together by Carlo Saltarelli, a Ducati test rider, racer and dealership owner who amassed over 100 road and race bikes over three decades.

The eight examples here are the tip of an exquisite Italian iceberg, which ranges from 1950s mopeds for £2000 to 1990s superbike racers for £70,000. At the same auction there's also a chance to buy the MotoGP bikes of Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi, but you'll need £250,000 to even get a sniff of those…

RM’s highly-anticipated Monaco auction will also offer the private Saltarelli Collection of historic Ducati motorcycles at the same event.

Details: Phone 020 7851 7070 or visit


1973 450 Desmo Scrambler
Ducatis' desmodromic valve gear appeared on their road bikes in 1968, but this was the first time the 436cc single-cylinder Scrambler got it. This one is in good unrestored condition and is estimated to sell for £6500-£8000.


1979 Ducati 900 SD Darmah
This was Ducati's mainstay for five years. Essentially a detuned 900SS with smaller 32mm carbs, an electric start, room for a pillion and Bosch electronic ignition, it was competitively priced and kept Ducati in the fight. This example is a well-preserved original example from the second production run and is expected to fetch £3000-£5000.


1983 Mike Hailwood Replica 900SS
The bike that celebrates Mike Hailwood's extraordinary victory at the TT in 1978. Hailwood was on a privateer Ducati 900 SS, was 38 and had not raced there for 11 years yet went on to win. The red, white and green Mike Hailwood Replica (MHR) 900 SS was introduced in 1979 and by 1983 was far more user friendly with electric start, better gearbox and a hydraulic dry clutch. This one is expected to fetch £6500-£10,000


1952 Cuccioli 65T
This is the 'touring' evolution of the 60 (Ducati's first ever motorcycle which was built in 1949). The 65T has five extra cc (up to 65cc) but uses the same basic OHV pushrod design that would stay in production until 1967. This bike is an older restoration with very good paint. It's expected to fetch £2500-£3000.


1975 Ducati 750 SS Corsa
Paul Smart's shock win at Imola in 1972 (see page 32) introduced the world to the fearsome capabilities of the 750SS and this bike is one of its racing descendants. Raced by Carlo Saltarelli himself in 1975-77, it's in endurance guise, with twin endurance headlights. It also features a EPM wheels, as used by MV Agusta Grand Prix machines. It came first in class in the 1000 km European Endurance Championship event at Misano in 1977. Expected price is £33,000-£50,000.


1983 500SL Pantah Desmo
The belt-drive 500cc V-twin Desmo Pantah, and its racing version, the TT2, would win four Formula 2 world championships between 1981-84. The new engine was smaller and quieter than the outgoing bevel-drive twins and the belt drive would feature in Ducatis until 2012 (the Panigale uses chain drive). This one is expected to fetch £2500-£3000.


1992 Ducati 888 SBK Corsa
Giancarlo Falappa won four of the 26 World Superbike races in 1992, eventually coming fourth in the championship after a series of crashes and breakdowns. This bike is one of the 1992 factory racers, with his signature on the screen. It comes with all the lovelies you'd expect - Marchesini rims, carbon brakes, magnesium engine cases etc. Prepare to pay £65,000 - £85,000.


2010 Desmocedici GP10
Cash in a few of your ISAs and Casey Stoner's 2010 Ducati GP bike could be yours. With a weight of around 150kg and power in excess of 200bhp, it's perfect for trackdays (provided the noise check man is off sick). This bike was the one Stoner rode to first place in Qatar. You'll need in excess of £250,000 to bag it.

Read the latest stories causing a buzz this week in News…



The voice of motorcycling since 1955