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1950 Ducati Bronco 98

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  • Early, unrestored 98 in original condition 
  • Classic racing-style Ducati 
  • Highly sought-after by collectors 
  • Unmodified and appears unrestored too 

The Appeal 

In the immediate post-war years Ducati seized the opportunity to get Europe mobile at low cost and developed a range of inexpensive, durable and reliable motorcycles. 
This being Ducati, of course, the firm couldn’t avoid adding a little verve to its otherwise utilitarian models. Take the 98 range of 1952. Conceived as a basic bike, buyers quickly realised that this was a true sporting model with racing style. Today the 98 is highly sought after by collectors for its clever blend of utility, capability and style. 
This 98 appears to be a highly original early model in unrestored condition. It appears to be an early example and is presented in unmodified condition with light signs of age and patination. For enthusiasts of these wonderful bikes, this is a rare and enticing find.  

The History and Paperwork

  • French registration records show it was first registered on 1st January 1950
  • However the 98 was only available from 1952 so this is likely to be incorrect
  • The 98 was available in a range of models of which this example is the more spartan specification 
  • Unfortunately we know little about its history or servicing regime 

The Condition

  • Original and unrestored condition showing light signs of patination 
  • These do not detract from its style and arguably add to its character
  • Two-tone seat finished in red and black and undamaged or marked
  • Paintwork appears original and displays few marks or scuffs
  • Ducati decals and later ’24 Heures’ stickers in very good condition 
  • Light marks on the handlebars and headlamp bezel
  • Anodised grey mudguards are factory correct finish and well kept 
  • Open cradle, pressed steel frame 
  • Chromework is lightly discoloured and would likely respond to polish
  • Rubber grips appear undamaged and well maintained
  • Clear speedometer with good decals 
  • Black trim is well preserved and in apparently original condition 
  • Lights and fittings undamaged and similarly original with light patina 

The Mechanics 

  • 98cc single cylinder OHV Ducato engine 
  • Engine develops 5.5bhp 
  • 3spd manual transmission 
  • Front telescopic fork with rear swing arm 
  • Front and rear drum brakes


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1950
  • Make Ducati
  • Model 98
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 51 Kilometres
  • Engine size 98
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Alpes-Maritimes
  • Location International
  • Country France

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