In the 1950s, Ducati’s single-cylinder road and competition motorcycles established the small Bologna company as a world-class manufacturer. Famed engineer Fabio Taglioni was hired in 1954 to develop a motorcycle to win the Motogiro d’Italia, and his Gran Sport did just that, featuring the first iteration of his famous bevel-drive overhead cam design. In the 1960s, the 250 Mach 1 model was one of the fastest 250 cc motorcycles of its day, with a top speed in excess of 100 mph. A high-performance engine, five-speed gearbox, and sporting ergonomics meant the Mach 1 was coveted by enthusiasts.
This outstanding example’s known history begins in 1976 with Ron Tittensor of Bellingham, Washington. Mr. Tittensor was a collector of important Ducati singles, including twin-cam Grand Prix factory race bikes. According to the consignor, Mr. Tittensor restored this Mach 1 himself, sourcing many rare NOS parts, including correct shocks, gauges, and clip-ons. The consignor purchased the Mach 1 from Mr. Tittensor in 2011, adding it to his own extraordinary Ducati collection.
Considered the rarest of the 250 sporting singles, correctly restored Mach 1s are difficult to find. This example is exceptional, having lived in significant Ducati collections for the past 40 years. It is an ideal acquisition for the discerning collector or the casual enthusiast interested in artful engineering and 1960s Italian design.