Minichamps MIN122120800 1973 Ducati 750 GT Motorcycle - Red and Black (1:12 Scale)
"Unlike a good proportion of modern big bikes, the Ducati is a totally balanced machine. It's dominated by the throbbing V-twin motor, yet you feel that the bike has been designed as an entity, with all other components matching the engine's performance."
- Bike magazine, after testing a 750GT motorcycle in 1974
Designed by the legendary Fabio Taglioni, Ducati's first road-going v-twin - the 750GT - arrived in 1971. Lacking the resources of larger Far Eastern rivals, Ducati had made the most of what it already possessed to create one of the all-time great post-war motorcycles. A 90-degree vee, the engine looked like two of the Bologna firm's bevel-drive overhead-cam singles on a common crankcase (which in essence it was) though the coil valve springs represented a departure from Ducati's traditional hairpins. The 90-degree layout made for exceptional smoothness and a lengthy wheelbase, a handicap more apparent than real that failed to stop the fine-handling Ducatis notching up a succession of wins in Formula 750 events, commencing with Paul Smart's famous victory at Imola in 1972.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1973 Ducati GT 750 motorcycle that is finished in red and black. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case. Pre-order! Ship Date: 2014.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: ?
Historical Account: "Pompone" - While origins are often cloaked in mystery, the precise evolution of the Ducati 750 GT is still discernible. The bevel-gear twin cylinders with a 90 V configuration, long known as an "L-twin" configuration, have a precise date of birth: March 20, 1970. British historian Ian Faloon relates that Fabio Taglioni drew the first sketch of what is perhaps his most famous and best loved engine, which over the years was to acquire the affectionate name of "pompone" ("big pump"), on the last day of winter 1970.
It was not long before the prototype was on the bench. It was a twin cylinder (really, a motorcycle engine's ideal structure) arranged longitudinally and in a 90 V configuration. As far as balance went, this was also the best choice.
Taglioni's method was direct, logical, and practical. He envisioned the bike as an essential sports machine. The distribution used the same single overhead camshaft driven by bevel-gear as the single-cylinders, while the capacity of 750 cc was obtained with a bore and stroke of 76 x 75 mm.