This 1965 Ducati 48 Sport is a handsome and lightweight ‘motoleggera’ bike, which is presented in outstanding mechanical and cosmetic condition. It is powered by a 48cc two-stroke single-cylinder engine, coupled to a three-speed transmission.
Manufactured between 1962 and 1965, the Ducati 48 Sport motorcycle featured a twin-cradle frame, 19-inch wheels, and could run at speeds up to 50mph. It weighs less than 50kg, so is easy to manoeuvre and transport.
Understood to have been fully restored just a few years ago, it was given a total mechanical overhaul as well as fresh paintwork in red and gold. The Ducati was acquired by the vendor from a specialist in Italy, and was subsequently exported to the UK. It has been put through the NOVA process and cleared with HMRC, but has not been registered.
With its smart colour scheme, this Ducati presents beautifully. It is in superb cosmetic condition, with only a few small chips from storage and transportation, plus a minor paint reaction on an area of the fuel tank and the front spray guard. The red and gold paintwork has a smooth and glossy finish around the whole frame, accented by the white stripe detailing around the tanks.
All of the brightwork is in very good order, including the exhaust pipe, motor and transmission casing, and the light bezels. The pedals and handlebars are also in great shape, and the saddle has been re-trimmed in black vinyl.
Its mechanical condition reflects its outstanding appearance, with an engine that starts easily and runs superbly, with all the gears working as they should. This is a bike that is ready to enjoy on the open road.
This Ducati 48 Sport is a terrific post-war motorcycle presented in excellent order. While it is a world away from the high-performance bikes of the modern Ducati era, this is nonetheless a wonderful part of the marque’s history, and would make a fine addition to any collection.