Amongst the northern mountains of Italy nestled within the city of Bologna is the HQ and factory of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., a little motorcycle manufacturer you may have heard of. Ducati (now owned by Lamborghini, a subsidiary of the VW Group) has deep racing roots, and developed their trademark desmodromic valve technology for their racing bikes, enabling their race bikes to rev at higher RPMs than their street-production equivalents and propel the brand to numerous speed records, victories, and championships.
The Ducati brand is steeped in racing heritage, passion, and beautiful design. The 250 F3 Corsa offered here is no exception. This is a rare opportunity to own a vintage Ducati with apparent racing pedigree. The seller, Dukes Motorcycles out of Ontario Canada, professes this to be the personal bike of Walter Villa, a reknowned GP racer of the 60’s and 70’s. If this is the case, the provenance would justify the asking price of $60,450. What an amazing-looking machine with incredible history if the seller’s claims are true.
Model: 250 F3 Corsa
Engine: 250cc inline one-cylinder
Mileage: 99,999 km
Price: $60,450 Canadian
Frame # 21 . A good example of a 1968 Ducati 250 F3 Corsa road race motorcycle. Well known sport bike manufacturer Ducati has always been deeply immersed in motorcycle road racing, and its premier engineer, Fabio Taglioni, was a talented designer of fast motorcycles. In the 1950’s, Ing. Taglioni developed an overhead cam lightweight with desmodromic valves that became the bike to beat in international lightweight racing. Later versions of this bike came with double overhead cams. Many of the world’s top rider rode a Ducati lightweight at some point in their careers. All of Ducati’s single cylinder racers are beautiful, with sculpted tanks, a rounded cylinder head and interestingly designed brakes. A race bike like this is rarely seen and extremely valuable. Walter Villa was one of the most famous GP racers of the Sixties and Seventies. Winning four GP titles in the 250 and 350 classes in 1974, 1975 and 1976. It is believed that this 250 is his personal mount, based on an inspection by his brother. Both the engine and frame have significant differences from other motorcycles built by Ducati.