c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792

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Lot 156
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo
Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792

Sold for US$ 9,200 inc. premium
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo

Frame no. 5189
Engine no. 215792

Designed for bicycle attachment, the Cucciolo ('little pup') auxiliary engine was the Bologna-based Ducati factory's first motorcycle product and was sold widely outside Italy. Ducati had started out as a maker of radios and other electronic products, and by the start of WW2 was Italy's second largest company. When its factory was destroyed by Allied bombing in October 1944, Ducati was all but wiped out. By an amazing piece of good fortune, SIATA (Società Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori), a Turin-based tuning firm specialising in the modification of FIATs, was looking for a commercial partner to produce a clip-on engine for bicycles, and turned to Ducati. The Cucciolo power unit had been designed in wartime by Aldo Farinelli, enabling production to commence soon after 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'. In the immediate aftermath of war, there was an unprecedented demand for affordable powered transport; SIATA's production capacity was soon exposed as inadequate, hence the approach to Ducati, which began making the Cucciolo in June 1946. The story of Ducati motorcycles had begun.

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c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
c.1947 Ducati 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 5189 Engine no. 215792
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