1979 Ducati 900GTS Custom

SOLD FOR: $7,490

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on July 12, 2023

Winner: sepia911

Winning Bid: $7,000
Buyer Fee: $490
Total: $7,490

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After the classic 750GT of the 70s, Ducati looked to evolve with a simpler engine. They ended up with the first ‘square case’ bevel twin: the 860 GT.

Just two years after the model was introduced, it was replaced by the 860GTS. Along with a sleeker, less angular fuel tank, it also ditched the duck-tail seat, gained narrower handlebars, and decreased the final drive ratio. Electric start became a standard feature beginning in 1975.

By 1977, Ducati had revised the 860 once again, releasing an updated model known as the 900GTS. With the name change came further electrical and cosmetic refinements.

This example is VIN: 855026. The seller purchased the bike from the builder — Studio Colin Stinson — four years ago.

During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 500 miles. The odometer shows 9,334 miles. However, true mileage is unknown.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us repair the starter, clean and tune the carb, flush the brake fluid, change the oil and oil filter, and replace the battery.

Daniel did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:

Tire Year Front/ Rear: 4411/1313
Tire % Front/ Rear: 75/80
Tire Press Front/ Rear: 36/38
Brake % Front/ Rear: 90/70+drum
Hydraulic: new
Oil: new
Coolant: NA
Low Beam: ok
High Beam: ok
Turn: ok
Tail Light: ok
Brake Light: ok
Plate Light: ok
Kill: ok
Horn: NONE
Battery: 12.1V Lithium EarthX Lithium: ETX18B

• Test Ride OK
• Front brake Pulses (rotors warped)
• Forks Soft
• Lights always powered regardless of key position.
• Oil Weeping: Front Exhaust Tappet cover, Rear Bevel Tube, Front lower bevel housing.

Rebuilt engine (bored out to 989cc).

Custom-painted gas tank by Mick’s Paint.

Conti mufflers.

Custom-cast Ducati badges by Mussi Artworks Foundry.

Öhlins rear shocks.

Beringer brake and clutch master cylinders, Tomaselli grips, Rizoma bar-end mirrors.

Galfer braided stainless steel brake lines, Brembo silverline calipers

32mm Dell’Orto carbs with Malossi trumpets.

Custom seat and subframe.

Custom battery box.

Custom leather storage bag.

Integrated tail light and rear turn signals.

Rizoma turn signals.

Gear gazer window.

Aftermarket exhaust brackets, passenger pegs.

DID chain.

Bosch pick-up.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Bridgestone Spitfire S11 tires with date codes of 4411 and 1313.

The sale includes two keys.

The sale also includes a custom-painted, color-matched BSR helmet (size XL) and a battery tender.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Ducati is offered on a clean California title with registration current through February 2024.

Have any 900GTS stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed: 16

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: sepia911

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
sepia911 July 12, 2023 10:20 am PDT $7,000 Reserve
Steve350f July 12, 2023 10:20 am PDT $6,000 Auto
Steve350f July 12, 2023 7:51 am PDT $5,100
sepia911 July 12, 2023 7:51 am PDT $5,000 Auto
sepia911 July 12, 2023 5:44 am PDT $4,100
Akkhrawat July 12, 2023 5:44 am PDT $4,000 Auto
Akkhrawat July 11, 2023 7:27 pm PDT $3,600
sepia911 July 11, 2023 7:27 pm PDT $3,500 Auto
sepia911 July 8, 2023 10:41 pm PDT $3,100
Akkhrawat July 8, 2023 10:41 pm PDT $3,000 Auto
Akkhrawat July 7, 2023 10:29 pm PDT $1,200
bmca18 July 7, 2023 5:32 pm PDT $1,100
Akkhrawat July 7, 2023 5:32 pm PDT $1,000 Auto
Akkhrawat July 7, 2023 5:32 pm PDT $600 Auto
bmca18 July 7, 2023 5:32 pm PDT $500
Akkhrawat July 7, 2023 10:59 am PDT $1
Auction started July 5, 2023 5:18 pm PDT
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