The Ducati Scrambler is a classic in every sense of the word. Even back in the 70’s, it was already one of the Italian bike maker’s more popular models.
The 350 Scrambler, in particular, was the first model to be offered with the wide-case single engine in 1968, followed by the 250- and 450-cc models. The 350 Scrambler was powered by a stout 340 cc SOHC single engine that was mated to a five-speed transmission. It came with a 10-to-1 compression ratio that provided much needed performance improvements to the bike. The 350 Scrambler also featured a Veglia speedometer, which was mounted in its Aprilia headlight.
For this particular 1973 Ducati Scrambler 350, the piece is in nicely restored condition, with good chrome and orange and black paint finishing off the pretty slick overall set-up of the bike.
It had an estimated bid price of €5,000 - €7,000 (around $6,300 - $8,900 based on current exchange rates) when it went up for auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco. Actual selling price was $12,121.
Back in the early 70’s, Ducati built a number of 350-cc Mark 3s for the Swiss Army. But since the Swiss Army were limited to use only Swiss bikes, the Ducati 350 Mark 3s were rebadged as Condors.
To ensure that these bikes were up to the standard of the Swiss Army, the Italian automaker addressed a number of shortcomings in the original Ducati design, including the oil filter, which was modified to fit a standard Ducati. Other changes made to the bike include a bolt-up exhaust flange, an oil dipstick, and filler setup. Finally, the rear wheel was designed to be removed without having to deal with the chain, while the seat mount and electrical connectors were designed for ease of access.
All told, the bike at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, which was powered by a 340cc SOHC single engine and mated to a five-speed transmission, was in good, original condition. It’s yet to be restored, which it may need in some respects, but it’s still good enough to fetch €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price, however, was $2,273.
When Ducati introduced a non-Desmo version of the 350 Super Sport, it paved the way for a new line of bikes that have come to be known as the 350 GTV. Built from 1977 to 1981, the 350 GTV model weren’t the most powerful or most reliable Ducatis in history.
That’s why through a strange twist of fate, finding one in good working condition these days is a Herculean task. Never mind the fact that the 350 GTV comes with a 350 cc SOHC twin engine that’s mated to a five-speed transmission, this particular example sets itself apart because of its model name.
This particular 350 GTV is in sound original form and comes with a two-tone bright green paint and good chrome. If anyone wants to have an ideal Ducati in their collection, the 350 GTV is definitely one of options.
The bike was at the RM Auctions in Monaco and came with an estimated bid price of €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,769 - $5,026 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $1,515.
The Ducati 350 GTL first broke into the scene in 1975 when designer Tumidei decided that an update of his 1965 design was in order. But at that time, Ducati’s line-up of bikes only concentrated on small singles and those big, bad, and powerful V-Twins.
Undaunted, the Italian bike maker pushed forward with the release of the 350 GTL in ’75. The surprising success of the bike pushed Ducati to introduce the 500 Sport Desmo two years later in 1977, followed by the 500 Super Sport, and finally, the GTV model in 1978.
As far as the bike that was being offered at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, the 350 GTL - CN: DM350B/035718 - it came in original condition, complete with a two-tone red and black paint finish, alloy rims, and a 350 cc SOHC parallel-twin engine mated to a five-speed transmission.
Expected bidding price for the Ducati 350 GTL was expected to hit anywhere from €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $2,273.