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1967 Ducati Factory Works Super Corsa Demo
Serial #: 012
Exterior Color: Red / Silver
Seat Color: Black
Production Date: 1967
Shipped to Daytona 1967; Factory Works entry; only 350 SCD entered (note that 6 of the 250 SCD’s were entered as well). This 350 SCD was entered by Reno Leoni and Franco Farne (team racers) in the Expert Lightweight class. The 350 SCD was fastest in trials but failed AMA technical inspection because the new valve system was considered a “change in basic design”. The bike created quite a buzz at Daytona nevertheless and in the end.
From 1967 to the early 1970's (circa 1973), Ducati is considered to have received more publicity by virtue of not racing officially against the Yamahas. The bike was stored by Ducati Works Team personnel, including Farne and Leoni, at a local Daytona Italian bike shop where it remained effectively on display only. In 1973, the 350 SCD was sold to Joe Camillio of Washington D.C. an avid collector of race bikes and cars. Camillio stored at his home and there the bike remained, unshown, unused and untouched for approximately 40 years, where it fell into some level of disrepair.
In 2011, Dragone Motorsports of Westport, CT received the 350SCD in trade from Camillio, who was a frequent customer of Dragone’s, with whom he had done many deals over the years. In 2012 Dragone included the 350 SCD in their inaugural annual classic car auction at their Westport, CT location. The enthusiastic current owner won the bike at auction outbidding the Ducati Factory Museum after their telephone line went down in the midst of bidding. In 2013 the owner commissioned Colton Amster of Redline Restorations to perform a full Concours caliber restoration of the SCD 350 to original race form. Reno Leoni from his Italy home and per visits to the US, and Leoni's confidante, Steve Mahanes of Virginia, consulted and assisted in the restoration which was completed in 2016.
It is widely agreed that this is the first 350 SCD produced and thus serves as the prototype for the model. Additionally, it is believed and confirmed by Leoni that this was the only 350 SCD originally shipped directly to the United States for competition. Less than 25 SCDs (250 and 350 combined) were ever produced and less than 10 were 350 SCDs). Approximately a half dozen true and original 350 SCDs are thought to still exist today. Although it did not race at Bridgehampton, per Leoni’s advice, the bike was given the livery of another SCD that Leoni raced at Bridgehampton at a later date, in order to capture, what Leoni described as, the essence of a Ducati racer.