1966 The Scrambler version was not type-approved for the Italian market, as it was not considered suitable. A few models were ridden in Italy but they were enough for Ducati to catch one of the most important results in the Italian endurance sector in 1966.
Walter Reggioli, riding one of these models adapted to the Italian off road needs, ranked first at the Italian Endurance Championship in the 125 cc class.
The following year, maybe also thanks to Reggioli’s experience, the Scrambler version was improved further.
Over these years, thanks to the genial application of the desmodronic distribution, a new generation of single cylinder engines highly powered, the so-called “wide carter” was born, these were the most powerful “single” ever produced by Ducati.
The scrambler was extremely easy to use, had a powerful and safe engine, a lean and well-featured line, but a few years had to go by before this model could become popular in Italy.
1968 In 1968 Ducati opened to the Italian marked and traded the Scrambler in two versions 250cc and 350cc, featured with the new “wide carter”, the top of the technological evolution of the single cylinder made in Borgo Panigale.
1969 The new 450 cc version was presented at the Motor Show in Milan in 1969. Its features are summarized as follows: single cylinder four stroke engine, angled 10°, 435.7 cc (86x75mm), 27 cc at 6500 rounds, compression ratio 9.3:1, Dell’Orto 29mm carburettor, battery/coil ignition, Ducati alternator, wet crankcase lubrication, multi disk clutch with oil damper, 5 speed gearbox.
Like the lower powered version, it was equipped with a tubular frame, single central keel with a single cradle joined at the bottom of the engine, Marzocchi forks and shock absorbers, front 3,00 x 19" and back 4,00 x 18" wheels, central brake 180/160mm hubs, in aluminium.
A comfortable valve raisers controlled on the handle served the prompt and fast starting of the bike.