1971 Ducati 750 GT
With Phil Aynsley
What I photographed here is a beautifully restored 1971 Ducati 750 GT, a bike that was a real pleasure to spend time with!
The 750 GT went into production in mid-1971, with the first 404 examples (this bike has frame number 61 and engine number 62), having sand-cast crankcases and many other differences compared to later bikes.
The engine cases featured large circular recesses in the sump, originally designed for the footpeg mounts. In addition the clutch cover was without a separate inspection cover; the tank was uniquely shaped, as was the seat; the valve covers were polished; the foot-pegs were positioned further forward than on the later bikes; both the Grand Turismo handgrips and this shape choke lever were only found on these early bikes.
The owner of the bike chose to paint the frame silver grey as seen in the factory brochures and possibly on some very early production bikes, but no one has ever actually seen one as far as anyone can now tell.
The ’71 750 GT made 57 hp at 7700 rpm and had a dry weight of 185 kg. Top speed was 200 km/h. It was the first of a very long run of Ducati V-twins that of course continues to this very day! And it is gorgeous!