Ian Falloon called the 98S Ducati’s “first true sporting model”. It debuted at the 1952 Milan Show and it was one of the Italian firms better sellers at the time despite a relatively high price tag.
The 98cc push-rod motor powered four models: TL, T, N, and S. The Sport (S) is the one you want thanks to a power bump to 6, dual seat, and four cogs in the gearbox. There was also an exceedingly rare SS (Super Sport), but it’s hard enough to find the S that you see here. For more on the 98 series, check out this excerpt from Mick Walker’s Illustrated Ducati Buyer’s Guide.
This example is said to be complete and in running condition – the seller notes that this has an upgraded Dell’Orto SS22 carb. Find this little Ducati for sale in Tarzana, California with bidding up to $4,550