c.1950 Britax Ducati Cucciolo Cycle Motor Frame no. 481999 Enging no. 229170
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c.1954 Britax 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 481999 Engine no. 229170
Sold for £1,782 (US$ 2,996) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1954 Britax 48cc Cucciolo
Registration no. ATW 694A
Frame no. 481999
Engine no. 229170
Designed for bicycle attachment, the Cucciolo ('little pup') was the Bologna-based Ducati factory's first product and was sold widely outside Italy including the UK, where it was imported by Britax, which later offered complete machines using Royal Enfield cycle parts. The Cucciolo power unit had been designed in wartime by Aldo Farinelli, enabling Ducati to commence production almost as soon as hostilities ceased. Unusual in being a four-stroke at a time when most such utility units were two-strokes, the overhead-valve Cucciolo was of unitary construction incorporating a two-speed transmission, and was described by Motor Cycling magazine as 'beautifully engineered'. Owned by the current vendor and restored that same year, this Britax Cucciolo is described as in generally good condition, though we are advised that the lights may need attention. The machine is offered with Swansea V5C document.
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