Paint colour /code for a red and black 1973 750 GT

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Mick b
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Paint colour /code for a red and black 1973 750 GT

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Can anyone help me out with the following.

I wish to paint my 750 in the original red and black colour scheme as per the 1973 models with the metal tank. I have seen the references to Lechler paint for the black colour, code Duc A10 and many references to the orange /bronze which was the other colour option. I can source the Lechler paint in the UK so that OK.

What I am currently unable to find is the burgundy red colour used on the tank and side panels. I have never seen an original example so am at a bit of a loss.

My first question is whether this was a simple gloss or a metal flake burgundy?
Secondly did the 1973 model have the small made in Italy sticker on top of the tank behind the filler cap nearest to the rider?
Third does the black stripe with the white pin striping go up to the filler cap or stop short at the depression where the cap is mounted.

Any suggestions as to paint manufacturer or paint code mixes etc would be most helpful. I have booked a slot with the painter in late May so have a bit of time to get a proper colour identified.

I have all the necessary details about the width and location of the stripes etc used in this paint scheme

Thanks for reading.

Mick
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Craig in France
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Re: Paint colour /code for a red and black 1973 750 GT

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Hi Mick and welcome to the Forum,
Mick b wrote: Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:10 pm What I am currently unable to find is the burgundy red colour used on the tank and side panels. I have never seen an original example so am at a bit of a loss. My first question is whether this was a simple gloss or a metal flake burgundy?
I'm no expert on 750s, so can't really advise for sure. But have a look at the metalflake finish on Richard Kennedy's 1972 :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jackafrica/albums/724909/

But I think metalflake was just the early bikes. By 1973, I believe it was no longer metalflake, just a gloss finish. I know of a red and black GT near here and could go take a photo, if that might help.

Which of Ian's books are you using? I know he has recently published one that is exclusively on the 750GT, as opposed to the Bible which covered all 3 models. Is this what you have?
750 GT.jpg
Ciao

Craig
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Re: Paint colour /code for a red and black 1973 750 GT

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Morning Craig,
The offer of a photograph I'd gratefully accept if it doesn't put you out too much especially if it's a none restored example. I'm interested to know how far the black stripe on the tank extends towards the petrol cap on both sides. The other thing is whether or not the colour is slightly metallic.

I had an e mail back from the Lechler company who are mentioned as suppliers of Ducati colours in the restoration guide book. They have given me the names of two of their products but can't guarantee this was what was used back in the day as they don't have the records.

Just in case anyone is interested these are:

DUC A 3 ROSSO SCURO

DUC A30 AMARANTO METALLIZZATO

Lechler is a European wide company so supplies of these are readily available.

I'm going to order the smallest quantity of each as a test to see how they each look.

This is not my bike but an example of the colour I'm looking to match. I didn't know about his new book so thanks for that bit of news.
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Re: Paint colour /code for a red and black 1973 750 GT

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Mick b wrote: Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:13 am The offer of a photograph I'd gratefully accept if it doesn't put you out too much especially if it's a none restored example. I'm interested to know how far the black stripe on the tank extends towards the petrol cap on both sides. The other thing is whether or not the colour is slightly metallic.
Ok, Mick - give me a coupla days and I'll see what I can do.

Btw, you can always try e-mailing Ian with any questions. He's a good fella ... :) . Let me know if you need his address and I'll send you it by pm - or send me yours and I'll reply to that.

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Re: Paint colour /code for a red and black 1973 750 GT

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Gonna disappoint you, I'm afraid, Mic. The bike's another 'Strawberry Tart', not a Red and Black ...
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Re: Paint colour /code for a red and black 1973 750 GT

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Craig,
I e mailed Ian last night and he was unable to assist. He did however reassure me that the new book if ordered in the UK it would be printed in the UK and not sent from Australia as it suggests on E bay.

Re the paint I managed to get hold of a test pot for the colour I mentioned DUC A30 AMARANTO METALLIZZATO, this looks like it will be the one I choose along with DUC A10 for the gloss black. I got to try it on some scrap but in the pot it looks very close to what I was looking for which is good enough for me.

Thanks for the offer to help out.
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