Lot 306 - 1965 Ducati 350SC

Lot 306 - 1965 Ducati 350SC

Lot 306 - 1965 Ducati 350SC

Lot Number 306
Registration Unregistered
Chassis Number 350SC5
Engine Number 350SC5
Estimate £27,000 - £32,500

Racing versions of the Ducati Mach 1 appeared during 1965, the Mach 1/S and the more exotic 250 and 350 Sport Corsa. The SC was a completely different machine to the Mach 1/S which was a race version of the road motorcycle. The SC, like the earlier Ducati F3 was a hand-built racing machine that shared very little with the production 250. The engine included sand-cast crankcases designed to accommodate the double cradle frame. The cylinder head was the sand-cast 250 F3 type with shorter camshafts than the Mach 1. Valve sizes were 40 and 36mm. There was also a close ratio five-speed gearbox which is unique to the SC, with wider gears and longer shafts. Each SC came with individual wiring diagrams and magneto ignition was optional. The carburetion for the 1965 was by Dell'Orto, an SS1 30 on the 250 and an SS1 32B on the 350. Apart from the double cradle frame with wider engine mounts that was specific to the SC, there were also special alloy Marzocchi forks with stepped folk tubes. The wheels were 19 inch front and rear and for 1965 the brakes were Grimeca. Only around twenty 250SCs and six 350SC were built during 1965 and for 1966 there were some developments. The 250SC received a different carburetor and both models were fitted with Oldani brakes front and rear. There was a fiberglass fuel tank and humpback solo seat but the frame and running gear was unchanged. The 250 and 350SC were extremely purposeful machines but did not realize their full potential. Although not well documented, today they stand out as some of the most desirable Ducatis of the 1960s.

One of the rarest Ducati's ever, this 350SC is believed to be one of only six series 2 350 SC motorcycles the factory ever built; originally built for the Barcelona endurance races. This particular bike has covered no miles since it was rebuilt some years ago by the very well known and respected British Ducati race engine builder Anthony Ainslie using new factory parts.  There is a spares and tool kit with the bike which includes a new factory special double web race rod set, good second hand piston, special factory tools, information pack, and other parts. Other details include original factory supplied alloy tank and fairing, Veglia competition rev counter, checked and x-ray'd original Oldani magnesium brakes, 32mm SS1 Del Orto carb and original rims with stainless spokes. This Ducati was brought into the United Kingdom after many years of being in South Africa where Ducati had sent it along with Franco Farne' to promote the brand down there in the late 1960's. Moto Marianna has checked the engine over thoroughly and can confirm it is in as new condition. When new these engines were unbreakable, a fact proved by London dealer, Vic Camp holding one at maximum revs for a long period of time to check its strength! They had very sophisticated test methods in the 60's! Suffice to say, it did not destruct. This motorcycle was designed for endurance races, not for short circuit races but it would be accepted for a place in both Goodwood events as well as the CRMC and IHRO series of classic motorcycle races across Europe.

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