Lot 280 - 1978 Ducati 500 GTL

Lot 280 - 1978 Ducati 500 GTL

Lot 280 - 1978 Ducati 500 GTL

Lot Number 280
Chassis Number 503199
Engine Number 503199
Odometer reading 1,698 miles
Estimate £2,650 - £3,650
Result Sold - £2,128

In 1973 Ducati had decided that the future for middleweight motorcycles lay in parallel twins, the engine was Ducati's first entirely new design in more than 15 years. The cylinders were canted forward ten degrees on vertically split crankcases with the crankpins spaced at 180 degrees, the 500 is a valve spring engine with the single overhead camshaft. Commercially the parallel twins were not a great success, this makes them a rare machine today, they are pivotal in the history of Ducati coming from a time when Ducati were still experimenting with engine configurations before settling on the V-twin.

 
This particular motorcycle is a 1978 500 GTL and has recently been in imported from the US, all duties have been paid and supporting documents are present including the American title, thus enabling registration in the UK. This machine is in exceptional original condition, with matching engine and frame numbers and just 1,698 recorded miles. The bike is in running order and has recently been ridden, the clutch is working and gears select well; it will require re-commissioning and the head gasket requires replacement as it is leaking oil externally, it is however mechanically very quiet and runs well. The bike retains its original components and features, items such as the manufacturer stamped silencers and down pipes are still in beautiful condition and the original tool kit is still under the seat. This could easily be one of the best, if not the best original un-restored Ducati 500 GTL left in existence.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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