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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 92hp (at 8,000rpm) and 67.3 ft-lbs of torque (at 6,000rpm). 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 particular specimen is extra special as it has just 194 miles on the odometer! It is offered with a code card, and three keys (two black, one red). The only aftermarket modifications are a battery tender, pipe wrap, and a dual-pipe Zard exhaust, but the original exhaust is included and it looks brand new. This Paul Smart fires up strong and idles nicely but we’re leaving it to the next owner to decide if the odometer will cross over 200! The sole mechanical flaw is a non-functional horn. There are some cosmetic flaws to note: a scratch on each of the exhaust cans, corrosion on the master cylinder reservoir, mis-aligned left rear turn signal, a chip on the tank, and a small amount of the infamous bubbling that the Sport Classic lineups were notorious for, though you can only see the bubbling from certain angles. We have documented all known cosmetic issues in the photo album at the top of this post.
The bike is located in Marina del Rey, California on a current Virginia title.