Knowing Ducati the way we do now, it’s hard to imagine these guys once built bikes that weighed just in excess of 107.9 lbs. But back in the 60’s, the Ducati 48 Sport was one of these bikes, and it was the Italian bike maker’s little darling red bike.
Packed with only a 48 cc single cylinder, two-stroke engine and mated to a three-speed transmission, the 48 Sport had a powertrain that’s nowhere near what Ducati builds these days, although it still packed a respectable 50 mph top speed. It’s relatively small stature featured a myriad of components, including clip-on handlebars that could be fitted with foot pegs. It also had a kick-start instead of pedals and an uncompromisingly attractive red and gold paint finish to go with all that chrome.
The model that was auctioned of at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco was a beautifully restored piece that was in excellent condition. For its stature as one of the most attractive small capacity machines produced by Ducati, this particular Ducati 48 Sport was being pegged with an auction price of €3,500 - €4,500, which is around $4,500 - $5,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $4,167.