There was a point in Ducati’s history when it actually offered budget bikes at, well, budget prices.
Back in the 50’s, one of those bikes was the Ducati 85 Turismo. This particular beauty was catered to entry-level buyers, with powertrain options ranging from 48 cc to 125 cc.
As for the 85 Turismo, the bike was, for all intents and purposes, a simple and economical machine that became known for its commuting and short-distance runs. It was powered by an 85 cc OHV single engine that was mated to a three-speed transmission.
Design-wise, the 85 Turismo was a stud on two wheels. To ensure its appeal despite the simple powertrain options, Ducati designed the bike with an ode to its more expensive SOHC counterparts.
The model that was sold at the 2012 RM Auctions was a very tidy older restoration finished in red with a white tank and good paint and chrome. It was sold at a price of €1,755 ($2,255) which was below its listed bid price of €2,500 - €3,500 ($3,200 - $4,500).