1961 Ducati Elite

In Italy, Sport by Tom WackerLeave a Comment

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In 1959 Ducati brought out it’s most sophisticated bike to date-the 200 Elite. It was the first of Ducati’s ‘sport production’ motorcycles based on their successful single cylinder racers of the 50s. The product line would morph into the ‘Supersport’ line, but the motor was destined for another calling. It was the basis for the ‘motocross’ line which we know today as the Scrambler. The Elite was light, fast and handled very well. It’s visual appeal is obvious even today.

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The Ducati Elite 200 used a 203.7 CC air cooled single cylinder overhead cam motor that made 18 HP with a 4 speed transmission in a 260 LB bike to achieve a top speed in excess of 80 MPH. Hydraulic suspension on both ends gave this bike very good handling with a smooth ride.

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This particular 1961 Ducati Elite is in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota and listed as a rare piece of Ducati history. It looks to be an incredibly well preserved survivor. The Duc has a starting bid of $12,000

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