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Price: 4,000.00 GBP

Ducati Mini 3eBay

Ducati 50cc Mini 3

Believed to be made in Spainin 1976

With White Tank and Red Frame 

FrameNo.          384391

EngineNo.          462103

Unregistered so no V5

No odometer so mileage unknown.

Pedals replaced by a kick start.

As you would expect given the below, it runs and rides great.

Recently restored by Ray Petty Mechanica.

Full detail of work carried out as follows:


Removing fuel tank and seat, and storing safely

Removing storage compartment beneath seat

Removing front and rear mudguards 

Removing all control cables

Removing carburettor and drive chain

Removing exhaust pipe and silencer

Disconnecting all electrical wiring for ignition and generator systems, fusebox, headlamp, taillamp, and switches

Removing electrical wiring harness and all electrical components

Removing pedal cranks left and right

Removing rider footrests, with brake pedal on right

Removing chrome handlebar

Draining gearbox oil

Removing engine from frame

Removing engine side covers right side and left side, including alloy cowling for ducted air cooling to the cylinder on right

Removing front and rear wheels with drum brakes, removing tyres from wheels

Removing front forks, and upper and lower yokes

Removing chrome rear suspension units, red swinging arm, and white chain guard

Removing centre stand from frame


Ascertaining that: 

A compression test carried out on the cylinder showed a satisfactory result

The engine started easily and ran well

The clutch and three-speed gearbox appeared to work well

It did not appear necessary to dismantle the cylinder head, barrel, crankcase, or gearbox

The engine side covers and cowling were manufactured to a high quality with no significant defects

Work to the engine could be limited to restoration and polishing of the alloy castings externally, with replacement of gaskets and screws

The white painted steel fuel tank with original decals was satisfactory and no work was needed except cleaning

The white painted storage compartment for supply of two-stroke oil was in poor condition and needed to be refinished

The white painted chain guard was in poor condition and needed to be refinished

The seat upholstered in black vinyl was satisfactory; the DUCATI logo at the rear appeared to be hand painted, not a printed decal

The red surfaces of the frame (including the swinging arm and the centre stand) were in poor condition and needed to be fully re-finished

The pivot bushes for the swinging arm were satisfactory

The control cables were in poor condition, and all needed to be replaced with new items

Most of the parts electroplated in chromium were satisfactory or only lightly corroded, and no replating work was needed

The chromium exhaust pipe and black silencer were sound but of poor appearance; they needed to be cleaned and polished or re-finished

The chromium plated 12 inch wheel rims showed signs of rust and pitting; this was capable of restoration to an acceptable (though not perfect) standard, without replacement. The spokes, hubs and wheel bearings were satisfactory 

The tyres were too old for safe use, and needed replacement with modern equivalents 

The drum brakes front and rear were largely satisfactory and needed only cleaning out the drums, de-glazing the linings, polishing the brake plates, and replacing the cables

The attachment points for the rear sprocket to hub bolts were in poor condition and needed to be refurbished

The final drive chain and both sprockets were satisfactory and needed only cleaning and lubrication

The 28mm front telescopic forks were satisfactory and no work was needed except cosmetically

The steering head balls were in poor condition and needed to be replaced; the upper and lower cup-and-cone races were acceptable for re-use

The upper and lower fork yokes were usable but poorly finished in black

The pedals on the moped cranks were unsuitable, and wrongly sized

The carburettor and air cleaner needed to be cleaned and refurbished

The fuel pipes needed to be replaced with new items 

The speedometer was in good working order

Many of the rubber parts needed replacing, including the rider footrests and the handlebar grips

The was no rear number (registration) plate; this could be provided if a UK registration number were to be obtained

No brake light switches were fitted to this model

The black headlamp bucket and mounting brackets were in poor condition, including broken mounting threads, and needed to be replaced or refinished

The electrical system was largely satisfactory, and needed only some connectors, switches, HT lead, and spark plug


The entire frame was stripped, prepared, and repainted in red, including the swinging arm, the foot brake pedal, and the centre stand.  

The rear chain guard and the storage compartment were stripped, prepared, and repainted in white to match the fuel tank


Cleaning and polishing the alloy engine side covers and cowling to a high standard

Cleaning and polishing the front and rear mudguards to a high standard

Cleaning the white painted steel fuel tank internally, cleaning the petrol taps

Procuring new replacement parts for the fuel pipes and hoses including adding a fuel filter

Dismantling the Dellorto SHA 14mm carburettor, cleaning, refurbishing, replacing worn parts, cleaning the re-usable mesh air filter, and reassembling with new cork gasket

Polishing the chromed exhaust pipe, refinishing the exhaust pipe attachment nut and the existing silencer in matt black VHT paint

Obtaining two new sets of steering head race balls, upper and lower

Obtaining a new lighting and dip switch 

Refurbishing the headlamp bucket in matt black, repairing the mounting points with rivet nuts, obtaining new mounting bolts, and fabricating a pair of bespoke headlamp rubber and steel mounting brackets

Refinishing the upper and lower fork yokes in matt black

Refinishing the front fork sliders in matt black

Obtaining from Messrs Venhills of Dorking a kit from which cables could be made up; making up a complete set of six special bespoke control cables with adjusters, for throttle, front and rear brakes, clutch, and two gearchange cables

Cleaning and polishing the chromed steel wheel rims, removing surface rust 

Obtaining a pair of MITAS Monsum 90/90-12 inch tyres with new tubes and rim tapes

Obtaining replacement footrest rubbers and handlebar grips of suitable types 

Cleaning and polishing the chromed rear suspension units, removing surface rust

Procuring miscellaneous parts and materials including wires, tubes, plastic ties, electrical connectors, grommets, sealant, grease, nuts, bolts, screws, washers, spacers, shims, etc.


Re-installing the engine side covers and cowling, with suitable screws

Installing the left side crank, adapted to operate as a kickstart in view of the difficulty obtaining correctly threaded foot pedals

Filling gearbox with 30 cc of Rock Oil Gamma oil, to correct level


Installing swinging arm to frame

Installing centre stand to frame

Installing the upper and lower yokes and fork legs to frame, with new headlamp brackets

Installing handlebar to upper yoke

Installing the engine in the frame

Attaching inlet manifold, carburettor (Dellorto SHA 14), and air cleaner to cylinder barrel

Installing new throttle cable to twistgrip and carburettor slide, lubricating and adjusting to suit

Installing new clutch cable, lubricating, routeing, and adjusting for correct operation

Installing two new gearchange cables to handlebar perch and to gearbox, lubricating, routeing, and adjusting for correct operation

Installing exhaust system, fitting new sealing washer to the barrel exhaust port

Installing headlamp shell, lens and reflector, and wiring

Installing the horn 

Installing spark plug (NGK B6HS) and HT lead

Installing new tyres to wheels, with tubes and rim tapes

Installing front wheel on motorcycle, connecting speedometer cable and drum brake cable, lubricating and adjusting

Installing rear wheel with sprocket on right side, connecting cable operated drum brake on left side, lubricating and adjusting

Installing final drive chain to sprockets, lubricating and adjusting for correct tension, installing white painted chain guard


Installing white fuel tank with taps and rubber mounts, connecting fuel pipes to carburettor

Installing white storage compartment

Installing polished front and rear mudguards

Installing seat 

Installing new rider footrest rubbers and new hand-grip rubbers to correct specification


Inspecting all components for fit, tightness, fluid levels, air pressure, voltage, switching, etc.

Adding fuel to tank, mixing two-stroke oil with fuel to correct proportion

Starting engine, checking for noises, smoke, oil leaks, throttle response

Testing by riding a short distance on a private road to check for possible issues

Final polish ready for delivery