I was proposed a Ducati 350 which would appear to be a Mark III. I say “it would seem” since, checking the numbers and homologation printed on the frame (the bike is radiated), it seems that these refer to a Scrambler. The number is DM.350S*359569 DGM 7736 OM. If I’m not mistaken, instead of the “S” after the displacement, The Mark III reported “M3” and the scrambler’s approval was precisely 7736.
They informed me that, in the past, given the scrambler’s success over Mark III, it was often the case that mark III-ready frames were used to set up scramblers, but the opposite was not the case. Can you help me figure out if it’s a Scrambler or a Mark III?
Lauro Micozzi answers
Dear Rocco, from the data you provide I would say that there is no doubt: the frame to which you refer, as you had already guessed, is that of a Scrambler.
It is true that during the period in which this model was produced, the specifications of the individual specimens were not respected “literally” inside the Borgo Panigale factory, but in this case I believe it is a fairly remote eventuality.