Ducati 250

Ducati 250

If you go back to the history of Ducati , you’ll know that the 60’s wasn’t exactly all too kind to the Italian bike maker. With the onus being dubiously put on producing two-stroke bikes, Ducati went back to bikes in the latter part of the decade, developing the "wide-case" single engine in ’67 and ushering a whole new range of bikes that included the Ducati 250 Mark 3.

Despite carrying the same basic overhead-camshaft engine architecture, the 1970 250 Mark 3 featured revised crankcases that were much wider at the rear where it mounted the frame. The sump capacity was increased to 2.5 litres, and the kick-start was much stronger, as was the new rear frame section. Add all that with a 249 cc SOHC single engine mated to a five-speed transmission and you had a bike that was clearly worth all the attention it received.

In addition to receiving a single filler fuel tank, the 1970 250 Mark 3 also received a speedometer and tachometer mounted on the top triple clamp instead of in the headlight shell. The example that was presented at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco is an older restoration model that is in very good condition, with good chrome and a very original specification.

This classic Ducati had an estimated selling price of about €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $4,545.

When talking about Ducati bikes with some serious racing pedigree in the 60’s, the Ducati 250 Diana has to be mentioned because it was the very first sporting 250 model that every young man had his eyes set on.

Aesthetically, the racing heritage was pretty evident, specifically the addition of racy clip-on handlebars, handsome new styling, and crackling exhaust note. It also weighed just 265 pounds, making its 249 cc SHC single engine more than capable of being a barn burner.

The horsepower output from the 250 Diana reaches 24 ponies and was capable of blasting off at a top speed of 85 mph. Eventually, the 250 Diana’s success spawned itself into a new model - the Mark 3 Super Sport - one that was more than adept at producing a stout 30 horsepower and mated to a five-speed transmission.

The early example that was on offer was believed to be a Diana, but is of an atypical configuration, akin to the sister model Monza, with high bars and a single seat. It has been finished in a black and gray, two-tone set up with sharp chrome details and was the subject of a thorough restoration.

It was at the RM Auctions in Monaco came with an expected auction price of €4,000 - €6,000, which is around $6,200 - $9,400 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $1,515.

This 1965 Ducati 250 GP is only a replica model of the iconic 250 GP super bike, but that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored. On the contrary, this bike is a living testament to what people will do to ensure that they’re replicas are as close to the real models as possible.

The bike was constructed to competition specs, including the addition of Ducati’s big-valve 250-cc SOHC engine. The engine comes with twin plugs, a single Dell’Orto PHF32CS pumper carburetor, a five-speed gearbox, straight-cut primary gears, and a competition clutch.

Quite a replica, huh?

There’s more too. The "replica" 350 GP also has a full fairing, Veglia tachometer, clip-on bars, rear sets, twin leading-shoe front brake, a left-side gear change, and last but certainly not least, a Conti megaphone exhaust, as well as a quick-release fiberglass fuel tank.

Needless to say, this red and silver 250 GP replica was built with the most laborious attention to detail as any replica we’ve seen in years. Maybe that’s why it was pegged for an auction price from €14,000 - €18,000 ($18,000 - $23,000) at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco. Actual selling price was $10,606.

Good examples of the Ducati 200 Elite are hard to find these days, which is was made this particular model that was auctioned off at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco truly worthy of some collector’s prized bids.

First introduced in 1959, the Ducati 200 Elite was developed by boring the 175-cc motor by 5 mm, to a capacity of 204 cc. That move resulted in an increased output of 18 horsepower at 7,500 rpm with a faster top speed of 87 mph. Not too shabby for a bike built in 1959, right?

More than just its performance capabilities, the Elite 200 also featured a jelly mould tank, clip-on bars and dual mufflers of the 175, and 18" wheels.

As far as the bike that was in question - CN: DM200E/154587 - it was put through an old restoration job, but despite that, it still came with excellent paint and chrome details, making it a true vintage ride in every sense of the word.

Expected bids for the 1959 Ducati 200 Elite ranged from €7,000 - €9,000, which is around $9,000 - $11,600 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $9,091.

The Ducati 250 Monza owes its long and illustrious history to the old 250 F3 Racer that Franco Villa used to dominate races back in the early 60’s. The success of the latter spawned a popular trend for the road bikes of its era, particularly the 250 Monza.

Sure, the Monza didn’t come with the same racing pedigree of the 250 F3 Racer, but thanks to a 249 cc SOHC single engine, it was still capable of producing north of 20 horsepower with a top speed of 80 mph. More than just the engine, the 250 Monza also came with a new design, owed largely to new seats, tank, and side panels. Eventually, the 250 Monza, along with the Diana and SCR Scrambler, also began to carry an angular tank and a headlight nacelle styling.

The 1966 Ducati 250 Monza that was at the RM Auctions in Monaco is an older restoration model with good paint and chrome details. Estimated bid price was around €3,500 - €4,500, which is around $4,400 - $5,600 based on current exchange rates. Its actual selling price was $2,652.

The Ducati 250 Scrambler was the third model in Ducati’s line-up to use wide engine crankcases. Packed with a 249 cc SOHC single engine and mated to a five-speed transmission, the 1972 250 Scrambler became one of the most sought-after bikes of its time.

The 250-cc engine is often considered to be the smoothest of the entire Ducati Scrambler range, despite not carrying a decompression lever to assist in starting.

This dark yellow and black example, which was up for bidding at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, is described as a very nice original with good paint and chrome and would complete the set for a buyer seeking one of the most favored Ducati models of the 70’s.

Expected price for the 1972 Ducati 250 Scrambler hits between €4,000 - €6,000, which is around $5,000 - $7,500 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was right in the middle at $6,818.

The Ducati 250 Mark 3 first made its appearance at the 1967 Cologne show and it only took a year before the bike was being prepared for production duty.

Before receiving Taglioni’s celebrated Desmo engine, the 1967 250 Mark 3 featured a 249 cc SOHC single engine that’s mated to a five-speed transmission. In addition, the 250 Mark 3 also featured a host of other features, including a 10-to-one compression ratio and a Dell’Orto SS1 29D carburetor, allowing the bike to hit an impressive top speed of about 89 mph.

As far as the model is concerned, the one that was offered at the RM Auctions came with its original blue and gold paint. Some signs of fading have appeared on the bike, but not enough to warrant any concern. Finally, the bike also has a set of attractive Borrani alloy rims, Marzocchi forks, and Smiths gauges.

Put them all together and you have an estimated bid price for the bike at around €3,000 - €4,000, which is around $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $3,788.

Talk about a bike that was designed to be "bare as bones."

If that phrase needed any more explanation, you only need to look at the Ducati 250 Sprint. This is a bike that came with a minimalist design, as well as Ducati’s new 249 cc SOHC single wide-case engine that was mated to a five-speed transmission.

The 250 Sprint was built for sprint racing and hill climbing, with the latter being a popular form of racing back in Italy during the 60’s and the 70’s. Back then, the Ducati single engines were a popular choice amongst enthusiasts. The 250 Sprint not only came with that powertrain, but they also had a significantly larger Dell’Orto PHF32AS carburetor and twin spark plugs. To save weight, the seat and tailpiece were made from fiber-glass, as was the fuel tank. In addition, the bike also came with rear-set foot-pegs, clip-on bars, and a fly-screen with a Veglia tachometer whereas the wheels came with Borrani rims.

Despite carrying an estimated auction price of about €8,000 - €12,000 ($10,300 - $15,400), the bike was only sold at a price of €4,095 ($5,250) at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco.


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