Ducati’s numerous racing accomplishments in more recent times are well known, but by winning high-profile races such as the 1955 and 1956 Moto Giro d’Italia and Milan-Taranto, the Bolognese firm was also enjoying success in the 1950s. Those two events in particular are relevant here because the engines used found their way into a number of production models, one of them being the Ducati 175 TS.
Making its debut at the 1956 Milan show, he 175 TS was an evolution of the bevel-drive 175 Sport. Although its engine was a de-tuned version of the 175 Sport, the 4-speed 175 TS was powered by a 12hp 175 cc SOHC single engine that could take it to a top speed of 68mph.
To promote the fledgling Ducati brand and help build an international dealership network, a 175 TS embarked on a round-the-world trip from September 1957 to September 1958. It was ridden by Giorgio Monetti and Leo Tartarini (who later became chief of Italjet).
The Ducati 175 TS was bought by the current owner 20 years ago in a lot of 21 bikes, all in unrestored condition. He subsequently had this bike correctly restored by a Ducati specialist in Bologna and it is presented in excellent overall condition. It is to be sold on a Coys bill of sale and this is a fine opportunity to buy one of the less exotic but more affordable models by one of the most revered manufacturers.