In 1926 Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, Adriano, Marcello, and Bruno Cavalieri Ducati; founded Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna producing electrical components. In 1935 they had become successful enough to enable construction of a new factory in the Borgo Panigale area of the city. It was not until after the War that a collaboration with the SIATA motor Co. producing the ‘Cucciolo’, a sort of bicycle with a tiny engine mounted to it did they become a motorcycle manufacturer. By the 1950’s they had sold over 200,000 and soon started developing other models. They did not start producing larger V twin engines bikes until 1970, by 1973 they released the trademarked desmodromic valve design they have become so famous for. Light weight, powerful and with a simply glorious sound the Ducati ‘Bevel’ engines powered both road and race bikes for the next 10 years.
The 900SS was the most successful of these models, a larger capacity street version of their race winning 750 SS it was one of the most entertaining sports bikes to ride during the late 1970’s early 80’s. Values of the bevel 900 have risen considerably in the last few years as demand has way out stripped supply, they have become a prized possessions amongst bikers World wide.
This fine example from 1978 is finished in the correct and rare 77/ 78 black and gold colour scheme specific to that model year, rumor has it that the quality of the factory paint was so poor that all the bikes were repainted in the UK by the importer. Showing 38,859 miles which are believed to be correct, there are 11 old MoT’s on file which go back to 1987 when the mileage was 28,742 the history file also contains many bills and receipts for service and maintenance work the most important is a recent £1,500 bill from Brancato Engineering for recommissioning work. In great running order and generally very good overall cosmetic condition this legendary Ducati is also supplied with its original wheels, twin seat and a super rare original fibreglass Imola fuel tank.