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Ducati 860

Ducati 860

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By 1973, prospects for Ducati in Formula 750 looked bleak thanks to the rise of the two-strokes. As a result, Fabio Taglioni decided to focus on endurance racing, which did not have any engine restrictions.

By fitting the 86-mm racing pistons from the 450 single to the 750 V-twin, an 864-cc engine was created and made its debut at the Barcelona 24 Hour Race in 1973. The race took place in the 2.25-mile street course at Montjuich Park in July, and riders Salvador Canellas and Benjamin Grau won at an average speed of 71 mph, completing 720 laps and beating the 2nd place Bultaco by 16 laps. Like the Imola racers, they used the early 750 round case engines, with dry clutch and centre axle Marzocchi forks and Lockheed pattern Scarab brakes.

The 750 Super Sport went into production in 1974, but Grau and Canellas returned to the Barcelona 24 Hours again, with the 860 bike now producing 90 horsepower. They led once again, but this time the gearbox failed at hour 16. Their third attempt at Montjuich occurred in 1975, when their 905-cc V-twin won at 71.74 mph, and they beat their early record by 11 laps.

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A reserve bike prepared by NCR for Hailwood in the 1979 was put on sale by a private owner with an estimated price of €20.000-€30.000. The body of the bike was NCR, the engine was up-rated, but the frame was a standard 900 SS.

The bike has Brembo brakes, Marzocchi forks and Marzocchi rear shocks. It has a Veglia competition tachometer, twin Dell’Orto PHM 40-mm carburettors, front oil cooler, Campagnolo wheels oil pressure gauge, Verlicchi handlebars and light clutch.

All enthusiasts know the story of Mike Hailwood’s return to the Isle of Man TT races in 1978 and his success on the Steve Wynne Ducati 900 SS, which led to Ducati’s first World Championship.

At 110.62 mph, Hailwood broke Phil Read’s lap record by nine mph on the way to an immensely popular victory. He followed up with a win at Mallory Park the next weekend, a crash at Donington and a 3rd place at Silverstone against much faster opposition. Ducati was thrilled with the TT result and promised to build Mike Hailwood replicas and also give Hailwood a factory bike for the 1979 TT.

Hailwood tested the 1979 F1 bike at Misano but crashed before any changes could be made, cracking two ribs. After numerous delays, Ducati sent two NCR endurance race bikes to England; one was an endurance machine, and the other was a TT1 variant with a wet clutch engine. Wynne tried numerous modifications—even fitting the 1978 frame—but the bikes could not produce enough power and handled poorly. The best Hailwood could do was 5th place in the TT, and he declined to ride the endurance bike in any other races.


If you want to talk about a true one-of-a-kind classic Ducati, it doesn’t get any better than the Ducati 860 GT Polizia. On the same vein that the American police rode Harley-Davidsons for years, its European counterpart used Ducatis.

This particular 860 GT Polizia, which was put on auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, was built on a 750GT frame, with 750 tanks and side covers. In addition, it carried a powerful 864 cc SOHC V-twin engine that was mated to a five-speed transmission.

As a 1981 model, this 860 GT Polizia - CN: DM750S/755495 - was used by the Bologna Police Department and came with a windshield, leg shields, and side panniers, as well as a black paint and chrome finish.

Its condition is still impeccable even after all these years, and is highlighted by a relatively low mileage considering its age and the purpose it was used for (patrolling the mean streets of Bologna, Italy back in the 80’s).

Expected bid price for this 1981 Ducati 860 GT Polizia was pegged at around €4,000 - €6,000, which is about $5,200 - $7,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $10,606.


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