1970s / Ducati / Italian / Motorcycles

Trapped in a box: 1971 Ducati 750 GT

Introduced in 1971, the 750 GT is the first production Ducati ever fitted with a V-twin engine, a configuration that’s commonly associated with the brand today. The Fabio Taglioni-designed bike uses a 90-degree air-cooled 748cc twin that delivers 60 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. It hits a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h), easier said than done 45 years ago, thanks in part to a low weight of 407 pounds (185 kilos).

The 750 GT only remained in production for three years, but it remains a tremendously important bike that blazed the path Ducati followed to become one of the world’s best-known motorcycle manufacturers.

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