c.1947 Bertocchi 48cc Cucciolo Frame no. 2042 Engine no. 206813

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Lot 512N
c.1947 Bertocchi 48cc Cucciolo
Frame no. 2042 Engine no. 206813

£ 400 - 800
US$ 520 - 1,000
To be sold without reserve
Amended
c.1947 Bertocchi 48cc Cucciolo
Frame no. 2042
Engine no. 206813
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. The Cucciolo power unit had been designed in wartime by Aldo Farinelli, enabling production to commence almost as soon as hostilities ceased. Farinelli's design was first taken up by SIATA, who took Ducati on board when demand swiftly outstripped their capacity to supply. By 1947 Ducati had assumed full control of Cucciolo production. 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'. This Cucciolo powers a Bertocchi moped of advanced design, featuring front and rear suspension. There are no documents with this machine, which is offered for restoration.

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