• 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image
  • 1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T Image

Lot 34

1952 DUCATI CUCCIOLO 65T

WITH ATALA RACING MOTORCYCLE FRAME

Frame no.: -/-
Engine no.: *409947*

 

Engine: Single cylinder 4-stroke OHV
Bore & stroke: 44 x 43 mm
Engine Capacity: 65cc
Maximum power: 2.5 bhp [HP] @ 5,600 rpm
Valve: OHV (Overhead Valves)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Carburettor: Weber carburettor with 9 mm choke
Cooling system: Air cooled
Sparks per cylinder: 1
Lubrication: Wet sump forced circulation with mechanical gear pump
Transmission: Gear primary, chain final
Clutch: Cable operated with multiple wet disk in oil bath
Gearbox: 3-Speed manual foot-change
Throttle: Cable operated
Frame type: Open cradle tubular and pressed steel
Front Suspension: Telescopic
Rear Suspension: Mono shock
Front Brake: Drum
Rear Brake: Drum
Seat: Dual seat
Fuel consumption: 1 liter per 77 Km (180 mpg)
Top speed: ?

 

The Ducati 60 is a classic bike and has been in production for only two years.

Following the success of Ducati's Cucciolo bicycle line, the Italian manufacturer decided in 1950 to build the first Ducati 60 with its own 65cc 4-stroke OHV engine capable of reaching a maximum speed of 40 km/h with tank capacity fuel ratio of 200 mpg. The Ducati 60 is the first real motorcycle model built by a company that is now a world brand with countless racing championships and a reputation for building the best sports bikes

Halfway through the Second World War, designer Aldo Leoni and Aldo Farinelli developed the prototype for an auxiliary engine designed to be fitted on a bicycle: its name was

Cucciolo. The project by Leoni and Farinelli had several advantages regarding the competition, more specifically the 4-stroke cycle and the two-speed gearbox, allowing to make the most of the engine power.

The Cucciolo allowed SIATA to resume its business in May 1945, when a new factory is opened in Via Leonardo da Vinci, in Turin. The new plant was built in a record-breaking time in place of the old factory, which had been damaged during the war. The engine was launched at the Turin Show. On 26 July 1945, the magazine Motociclismo presented the micro-engine made by S.I.A.T.A.: “A puppy (Cucciolo) was born in Turin”. The Cucciolo stood out for its incredible fuel-mileage ratio: almost one hundred km with one liter of fuel!

After a few months selling the Type 1 model, given its incredible popularity, it became clear that S.I.A.T.A. was

ill equipped to meet such a staggering demand. This is when Ducati, from Bologna, came into the picture. As one of the earliest motorcycles Ducati has ever produced, there is no shortage of history when it comes to the Cucciolo ‘65T’. Designed by no less than Giovanni Fiorio, the ‘60’ of 1949 became the first real motorcycle in Ducati’s history. This was then followed by the 60 Sport in 1950, which came with a basic pushrod design and a 65cc OHV single cylinder engine mated to a three-speed transmission.

The model lasted in production until 1967 in the form of the 125cc Cadet. Back then, the Cucciolo 65T was not so much into performance, as evidenced by the 2.25 horsepower output it generated. However, for a bike of that time, and the technology that was available, the Cucciolo 65T was an eye-catcher then as it is today.

The bike here on offer is also an eye-catching street racer with the rare 1952 Ducati Cucciolo 65cc engine, mounted in a very nicely presented yellow and black painted Atala frame, with fine detail work.

Footnote:

All the lots in this sale will be sold ‘as is/where is’ and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.