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Asking Price:

R 120,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

1953 Ducati 98

The Ducati 98, 98N, 98T, 98TL, 98 Sport (98S) and 98 Super Sport (98SS) were a series of single-cylinder OHV, open-cradle pressed-steel frame motorcycles made by Ducati Meccanica from 1952 to 1958.

Ducati was one of several Italian companies that did well in the 1950s with lightweight sporting motorcycles like the 98 because production recovered relatively quickly after WWII, and because the designers understood that "a model with a racing pedigree, stylish looks, and a bit of excitement was, in the Italian designer's mind, likely to sell in larger numbers than a dull looker, no matter how well engineered, comfortable, and practical."

Reviewers at the time found the bike expensive, but were generally positive, liking the sporting feel of the suspension, gearing and brakes, as well praising the fuel economy and the Italian styling. The series would prove to be one of Ducati's most successful early efforts. The price, performance, and stylish looks of the 98S became popular in the Italian la passeggiata (street cruising scene) of the era and sold well in the home market.

This Example

Description by seller:

This very rare Ducati is a real head-turner and conversation piece - putting along the road will make you grin from ear to ear. When it comes to classic Ducatis, the 98 is one of the most desirable and collectable around.

Built in 1953 to join the ranks of the Ducati 98N and the Ducati 98T OHV, the 98 became an immediate success in the market, despite its modest performance capabilities. At the heart of the Ducati 98 is a 98cc OHV single-cylinder engine that’s been mated to a three-speed transmission.

Reluctantly selling my 100% fully restored Italian beauty. The bike is 98% original and professionally restored. Not a single nut or bolt was overlooked, and no expense was spared. The only non- original parts are the front/tail light, exhaust slip-on (but period-correct items were used) and the 12-volt upgraded-lighting system .

This bike is immaculate, its condition is exactly as it would have been when it first rolled out the showroom almost 70 years ago. There are no papers or registration documents.

This bike is available to view by appointment in Johannesburg.

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Lot Status

For Sale

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000098
Seller: Private
Year: 1953
Manufacturer: Ducati
Model: 98
Derivative: -
Service History: No Service History
Mileage: 0 Km
Engine Size: 98
Engine Type: 4-stroke
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 3 Manual
Layout: OHV single-cylinder
Power Output: 6 BHP
Exterior: Off white
Interior: NA

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Bidding Information - 1953 Ducati 98

Estimated Price Range:

R 125,000.00 - R 140,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

Total Bids:


Time Left:


Start Date:

Monday, 24 May, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 18:00


2 weeks, 4 days ago

I would like to make a R35000 bid

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2 weeks, 3 days ago

my profile is waiting approval

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