Ducati 175 Gran Sport




Make Model.

Ducati 175 Gran Sport




Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, shaft and bevel gear driven, 2 valves per cylinder


175.4 cc / 10.7 cu in
Bore x Stroke 62 x 57.8 mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Cooling System Air cooled


Dell'Orto SS1 22.5C carburetor


Battery / coil



Max Power

11.9 kW / 16 hp @ 9000 rpm


Multi wet plate, wet


4 Speed

Final Drive

Frame Single cradle tubular frame

Front Suspension

Hydraulic telescopic fork

Rear Suspension

Swingarm, dual shocks

Front Brakes

Drum, full aluminium

Rear Brakes

Drum, full aluminium

Front Tyre

2.50 -18

Rear Tyre

2.75 -18

Dry Weight

103 kg / 227 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

17 L / 4.5 US gal / 3.7 Imp gal

Top Speed

155 km/h / 96 mph

The 175 was the first Ducati production machine to be offered with the single overhead cam, bevel driven engine when it was launched at the 1956 Milan show.

The engine was a direct descendent of Taglioni’s 98cc Gran Sport Marianna. It was offered as a ‘S’ Sport, ‘T’ Turismo, Americano, Formula 3 and Motocross. But the biggest seller was the Sport which was capable of 84mph and could achieve almost 100mpg.

This little racer boasted a whip-free chassis, a dry weight of just 103kg and large full aluminium brake hubs. These features combined ensured that the 175 handled and stopped better than anything else in its class. British importers, Kings of Manchester, offered a tuned version of the Sport known as the Silverstone Super. This was capable of 95mph.