1959 Ducati 200 Motocross Scrambler Vintage Bevel Single

1959 Ducati Other

Price: US $5,600.00
Item location: Huntington Beach, California, United States
Make: Ducati
Model: Other
Year: 1959
Mileage: 17,271
VIN: 151090
Engine size: 200
Vehicle Title: Clear

1959 Ducati Motocross Scrambler.   Other than the factory race bikes. this is one of the rarest Ducati singles.    Here is some information that was assembled by Ducati specialist Mike Chapman (who once owned a similar bike that he perfectly restored):

1959 Ducati 200 Motocross

Hello Ducati enthusiasts! Here it is. one of the most rare and desirable ducati singles ever built. I have used the word built not produced as this motorcycle is truly a one-off factory made motorcycle direct from the prototype race shop. According to Mick Walker this bike is the best and one of the last remaining examples of the 15-20 175 and 200 motocross machines that were made in total. Only one 175 Motocross was imported into the UK during 1959 and no 200 Motocross ever made it to that country.   Ducatis interest in off-road competition motivated the factory to hand-build these special machines.   The 200. which produced 19 bhp at 7500 rpm. was the equal of race winning 250s of that era. Unfortunately for Ducati they sold very few of these machines as its quality alone was not enough to generate sales. The problem was the price! These hand built one-off machines were almost 10% more expensive than the BSA B34 Gold Star 500!

This motorcycle utilized a standard Ducati 200cc O. H. C engine.    Actual capacity is 203. 783cc with a compression ratio of 8. 5: 1. The carburetor is a DellOrto SS 27 A with F 20 filter bent 45 degrees and a separate elastic float chamber. type SS2. After that almost every other component is a one-off or coach built.

The braced frame has massive gusseting around the headstock and double downtubes underneath the engine unit. making the frame into a full-loop cradle type with a solid skid plate to protect the engine case. The swing-arm is also stronger than any standard production Ducati single with a completely different design around the rear suspension support and rear wheel spindle chain adjuster fitting. There is a different loop from the back of the tank to the upper suspension mounts and an additional bracing loop under the seat. between the suspension mounts running over the mudguard.   The foot pegs actually bolt to three separate lugs welded to the frame.

Ok all you Ducati experts; have you ever seen a set of 180 mm conical brake hubs like these? I think the wheels and hubs might be the most beautiful parts on this bike! Look at the chrome steel rims that are shouldered like the alloy rims of that period! Hand painted spokes. no wonder the bike was so expensive compared to those leaky British bikes! 21 inch front wheel and a 19 inch rear. this bike was ahead of its time. The front forks are also hand built with a very unique set of caps and an air equalization tube. The handlebars have braces to the fork caps and the control lever mounts are welded on. The brake and clutch levers are also unique to this bike.

The slim tank and seat actually look the part of a 1959 MX race bike. The fenders also appear to be coach built but the side tool boxes and the headlight appear to be stock Ducati parts. I have also never seen this style tail lamp assembly and tail lens on other Ducatis.

Documented by Mick Walker: See attached.

The 200 Motocross was only built to special order (1959 and 1960). It is doubtful that more than thirty examples were actually constructed. [ Walker. Mick 2000. Taglioni And His World Beating Motorcycles. MBI Publishing Company. page 117 (color photo) Page 79 (B&W photo) Back Cover Jacket (color photo)]

Built in very small numbers during 1959 and 1960 extremely rare and desirable 200 motocross.   [Walker. Mick 2002. Illustrated Buyers Guide 3rd Edition MBI Publishing Company page 34 (B&W photo)]

Dear Mike. Nice to talk with you on the telephone this evening.   As promised Im forwarding photocopies of the Motocross (175)which was imported into the UK during 1959 for ex road racer/become dealer. Alan Trow (seen in one of the pictures). No 200 Motocross ever made it to this country. I believe only around 15-20 175 and 200 Motocross machines were made in total. (In a personal letter to Mike Chapman from Mick Walker dated 24 August 1993).


Very complete bike.   Engine turns over. trans shift through all gears.   Original Italcerchio rims (note the "akront" style of the rim).   

Removed rusty chain.   Purchased another cylinder and bored for Borgo . 8mm oversize piston.   Stock bore is 67mm. this one is 67. 8 mm.   There is no piston in the motor. so don't kick it over!  

Over the past 10 years I have purchased quite a few new parts including an original NOS 1959 Aprilia headlight ring (look at the model # stamped in the rim). new Aprilia 1959 Catalux tail light assembly. new voltage regulator. used voltage regulator. a good used Aprilia horn button with dipper switch (the one on the bike has a broken dipper switch toggle). new speedometer bezel. face plate and needle; nice used sidestand (because the one on the bike has the "button" broken off). new SAFA battery (no acid in it). new NOS CEV horn. new Aprilia headlight reflector (the one on the bike has some rust). new Borgo 67. 8 mm piston rings. new cover for Superpractic throttle (with screw). new headlight green and red jewels. new clutch plates. newly chrome plated kickstart lever. exact matched automotive paint. and many other parts.   Also included (but not in photos) are new NOS Pirelli front and rear tires. original owner's handbook/manual and workshop manual. several decals.    I took many other photos but E-bay only allows 24 photos. so the detailed photos of the new parts. tires. manuals are not shown

Payment due in full within 7 days of close of auction.   $500 deposit with Paypal and the balance in cash. bank transfer or certified check from bank.   Bike does not leave until funds are cleared.   Buyer pays for all shipping.   If you need this shipped. please e-mail me and perhaps I can help.   Will be glad to take this to the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles.   Buyer makes all arrangements for shipping unless agreed otherwise.   Welcome to pick this up at my home in Huntington Beach. CA.  

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