The Ducati Cucciolo 48 has a history that not a lot of bicycles in the world can stake claim to. Launched just after World War II, the Cucciolo 48 became an overnight success with Ducati selling over 200,000 models before 1950.
Back then, the Cucciolo 48 became the definition of the a high-end, powered-bicycle that no other in its class could compete with. Not only did it come with a classic design that included a dark red paint, chrome finish, and a sprung front fork, the Cucciolo was also powered by a 48 cc OHV single cylinder engine that came with a two-speed transmission and could handle 20 mph while traveling 180 miles on a full tank of fuel.
You won’t see a whole lot of these bikes on the road these days, but one in particular is set to go on auction in Monaco on May 11, 2012 at an expected bid price of around €2,500-€3,500, which is around $3,250-$4,500 based on current exchange rates.
As classic masterpieces go, the Ducati Cucciolo 48 belongs in that rarefied air.