It was in 1962 that the first Ducati Scrambler hit the streets and immediately cemented itself as an American icon. But it was in 1972 at the Imola 200, that it became a legend on the track with the late Paul Smart at the helm.
His win marked the beginning of Ducati’s prosperous SuperSport era, which lived on for nearly 30 years. In 2006, Ducati revived Smart’s iconic racing livery in a subtle homage. Though, it was short lived, surviving only as a one-off series. But now it’s back, thanks to some creative minds at Ducati Thailand.
Managing Director, Apichat Leenutaphong, came up with the clever idea to honor Smart in an even more direct way. Rather than the previously subtle one-off SportClassic, the new Scrambler receives the iconic facelift. And it’s a stunning thing to look at.
Wearing the retro Sea Green and silver livery with copper accents, the bike honors Smart’s racing career in more ways than one. That includes his original number (16), the classic logo on the tank, and even the gold stripe that mimics the translucent fuel level window found on the original bike. Ducati didn’t skimp on the details.
While the enhancements are all cosmetic, any enthusiast should be swooning over a bike like this.