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Though Ducati had been manufacturing motorcycles for several decades, it was Paul Smart’s victory at the 1972 Imola 200 that really put the boutique marque on the map as a bonafide competitor in the racing world. The legendary British pilot won the event competing aboard what eventually became the iconic 750SS. Thirty four years after Smart’s win at Imola, Ducati released a range of retro-themed bikes celebrating the Bologna firm’s classic bevel-drive twins. The most interesting — and popular — of the Pierre Terblanche-designed modern retros was undoubtedly the Paul Smart 1000 LE.
At the heart of the PS1KLE was an air-cooled, 992cc, electronic ignition (dual spark), 90-degree, desmo twin that was good for a claimed 92 hp (at 8,000rpm) and 67.3 ft-lbs of torque (at 6,000 rpm). Other amenities included a wet clutch and a six-speed transmission. Housing the engine was Ducati’s trademark tubular trellis chassis adorned in the iconic “green frame” green. The green frame was complemented via a matching tubular swing-arm, and top-shelf, fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension fore and aft. Braking duties were bestowed upon high-end Brembo units, too.
The Paul Smart bike was much more of a tribute than a replica, however, the model was brimming with small visual nods to Smart’s original 750 Desmo racer. On top of the aforementioned green frame, the machine also got a cafe humped tail, matching tank and half-fairing, silver flake paint job, blacked-out dual mufflers, and wire-spoked rims shod in Pirelli Phantom rubber with a special retro-inspired tread pattern made solely for the limited edition model.
Upon their initial release in ’06, the Paul Smart 1000 LE became an instant collector’s piece and fetched well above their original MSRP. With only 2,000 units produced worldwide over its single year of production, these exclusive two-wheelers are highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike. This example (VIN: ZDM1WABP06B001511) was originally sold on December 8th, 2005 by Nault’s Ducati Triumph Performance (now Nault’s Powersports) in Manchester, New Hampshire and was acquired by the seller on eBay in April of 2006. It has an extensively list of aftermarket parts from SpeedyMoto, including adjustable clipons, through-the-body frame sliders, Flow clutch cover, dual spark belt covers, Kukri pro clutch pressure plate, five spoke clutch cover, belt covers, and more. There’s also an Evoluzione license plate relocation kit and Termignoni 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust.
This Ducati received a service in September 2018 that included an oil/filter change, brake fluid flush, and clutch fluid flush. All original parts come with the sale, as do the spare keys, owner’s manual, bike stand, and battery tender. Everything works – there are no issues with the bike, though it’s currently on a clean PNO California title and it’s still rocking the original tires, both of which you’ll want to address if you feel like crossing the 1,000 mile mark on the odometer.