During the 1950s Ducati turned to 2-stroke power for its smallest models, and arguably the raciest of these was the 48 Sport. Introduced in 1962, it was a proper ‘motorcycle in miniature’ with a twin cradle frame, 19-inch wheels and a fuel tank resembling that of the 200cc Ducati Elite. Marketed as the ‘Falcon’ in the USA, the 48 Sport found few customers outside Italy and production ceased in 1965.
Weighing just 49kgs and powered by a 48cc single cylinder 2-stroke mated to a 3-speed transmission, the 48 Sport could reach a dizzy 50mph.
Finished in its correct red and gold paint, this beautifully restored example is in excellent condition with superb paint and chrome. It had formed part of an important Ducati collection in central Italy until the collection was sold at auction in Monaco in 2012. It was purchased by the vendor, a noted car collector who is also an enthusiast for small machines such as this.