Lot 250 - 1965 Ducati 350SC
|Estimate||£28,000 - £33,000|
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 higher lift camshaft than the Mach 1 while 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 and 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 carburettor and both models were fitted with Oldani brakes front and rear. There was a fibreglass fuel tank and humpback solo seat but the frame and running gear were 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 Ducati's of the 1960's.
One of the rarest Ducati's ever, this 350SC is believed to be one of only six series 2 350SC motorcycles the factory produced and was originally built for the Barcelona endurance races. It was brought into the UK after many years of being in South Africa where it had been sent along with Franco Farne to promote the brand down there in the late 1960's. This 350 was rebuilt some years ago by a respected Ducati expert using new factory parts and has covered no miles at all since then. It comes supplied with a spares and tool kit which includes a new factory special double web race rod set, good second hand piston, special factory tools, information pack, and other parts. It also comes with the original factory supplied alloy tank and fairing, Veglia competition rev counter, checked and x-ray'd original Oldani magnesium brakes, 32mm SS1 Dell'Orto carb and original rims with stainless spokes. Moto Marianna have checked the engine over thoroughly and can confirm it is in immaculate condition. When new these engines were unbreakable; a fact proven by London dealer, Vic Camp, by the very sophisticated method of holding one at maximum revs for a long period of time to check its strength! Suffice to say, it did not destruct. This motorcycle was designed for endurance races, rather than 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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