1979 Ducati SSD 900 Special


  • Genuine 900 SSD with some minor modifications
  • One UK owner since import
  • Excellent original condition
  • From long-term ownership in private collection


Half street bike, half racer, the Ducati 900 SSD was intended to be a machine that bridged the gap between Ducati’s upmarket Darmah 900SD street bike and the full-on 900 SS sports machine, combining elements of both to create the perfect sports tourer. 

It used the 900SS engine with desmo heads, which allowed the use of 40mm Dell’Orto carbs but with the addition of an electric start. It used the Darmah frame but was ultimately much sharper and sports-oriented. Fewer than 1500 SSD machines were made, with about 100 sold in the UK.

This is a 1979 Ducati SSD which has been owned since 2004 by the vendor, who is its only UK owner since it was imported the same year. 

He had the engine rebuilt in 2007 by Tony Brancato and work carried out by Baines Racing including new-old-stock matched MHR Nikasil barrels and pistons, new crank bearings and rod set. The bike also has larger valves and a mild gas flowed head. The vendor has had an alloy tank and seat unit fitted and the bike has Brembo floating discs. 

It has seen very little use since and is part of the owner’s extensive motorcycle collection. He reports that the bike is in excellent condition and is working as it should.


  • Owned by vendor since 2004
  • One UK owner since imported
  • Declared manufactured in 1979
  • UK registration document 
  • Tax and MOT exempt
  • Matching numbers bike
  • Original owners’ manual 
  • Matching numbers bike
  • Selection of invoices and receipts running into thousands of pounds, documenting work carried out under the vendor’s ownership


  • Lovely condition, with polished silver handmade tank and bespoke seat
  • Body and frame in superb order
  • Tank in excellent condition
  • Excellent seat
  • Good frame with no apparent issues
  • Excellent wire sports wheel in good order
  • No notable marks or damage, just minor wear commensurate with age
  • Excellent presentation with no major ageing or damage


  • 864cc four-stroke V-twin
  • Desmodromic oscillating valves
  • Engine rebuilt in 2007 by Tony Brancato – a well-known Ducati specialist
  • Baines Racing supplied new-old-stock MHR Nikasil barrels and pistons, new crank bearings and rods. 
  • Larger valves and a mild gas flowed head. 
  • Brembo floating disc brakes 
  • According to the vendor, the bike is in full working order with no known issues and is tremendous fun to ride


This is a wonderful and eye-catching special that has some subtle modifications that make it a truly striking work of art as much as it is a motorcycle. It’s in wonderful condition having had a fortune spent on it by a truly committed enthusiast, who has ensured it is in perfect mechanical order as well as beautifully presented. A wonderful bike that would make a great addition to any collection of classic sports machines. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1979
  • Make Ducati
  • Model Supersport 900
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 42,000 Miles
  • Engine size 900
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Cambridge
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids
  • ellis.b•••• £7,500 20/09/23
  • twirlth•••• £6,600 20/09/23
  • harry.a•••• £6,500 20/09/23
  • Guswil £6,000 15/09/23

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