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Vintage 1968 Ducati Sebring 350 – A rare find ready for an amazing restoration

1968 Ducati Other

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Jun 21, 2014
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VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 04783
Year: 1968 Engine Size (cc): 340
Make: Ducati Vehicle Title: Clear
Model: Other For Sale By: Private Seller
Mileage: 6,562

For sale is my 1968 Ducati 350 Sebring fresh out of a Pennsylvania barn and untouched. Mostly all there but needs more TLC to restore to its glory days than I have time for. The engine castings are clean and beautiful, way nicer than rare British or American bikes. The engine turns over nicely and the chassis is straight and solid. The old tires still hold air. The tin is in pretty good shape except for the front fender. The seat’s pretty good too. It comes with a clean PA title. It looks to have had an easy life compared to most I’ve seen and would be a fantastic restoration project.

The ‘scrambler’ look is getting more and more popular by the day, with high pipes and heavily treaded tires becoming de rigeur for many custom motorcycle builders, especially in Europe. The 350 Scrambler was an air-cooled, four-stroke single that appeared in 1966 (It’s a descendant of the 250 Scrambler produced at the behest of the US Ducati importer in 1961.)

The 340cc overhead cam Sebring was Ducati's first venture into the 350 class following the success of its smaller OHC singles. Oddly, considering that this model was the touring version, it gained its name from the racetrack in the USA where Franco Farne successfully campaigned the prototype racer in 1965, winning his class and coming a respectable eleventh overall (he was racing in an open class against 650 twins). Rumor has it that Farne's bike still circulates the American classic scene, and was clocked at 113mph at Daytona…

The production Sebring engine was of near-square dimensions, 76mm by 75mm, running 8.5:1 compression, fed by a single Dell'Orto 24mm carb. It output 20bhp at 6250rpm, which equated to around 80mph. It made the most of that modest output with a five-speed gearbox and 'the kind of handling that inspires confidence' according to Ducati's literature.

This bike is a prime example of form gracefully following function. A bike designed first for an intended, practical riding application and second for appearance. It seems like modern designers have forgotten that while form follows function, form shouldn't be cast aside or superimposed to an ill-intentioned supporting role. The stunning appearance of a machine like this, results from the visceral battle of grace and beauty against the dictations of engineering and performance. Nothing superfluous added to look purposeful, nothing is removed to make it look 'clean' at the expense of purpose. There is no 'billet'.

It may not be the screamer, stump jumper, or show stopper of some of its peers, but this bike is perfectly suited to the one task that a Husky, Honda, or Hodaka could never fulfill- perhaps the most important one of all: taking a beautiful girl for a ride in the southern Italian countryside.

I have listed this bike on several websites and forums, so I reserve the right to end the sale at any time. If you're in the metro Atlanta area, you’re welcome to come look at it. Happy to help you ship this worldwide, but logistics and expense is the responsibility of the buyer.

Let me know of any questions you may have. Thank you for your interest in this amazing bike.


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