The boon of Ducati’s two-stroke engine craze hit fever pitch in the 60’s and one model, in particular, was the recipient of the many small capacity two-stroke models Ducati built during the decade.
That model is the 1962 Ducati 48SL Cacciatore, a bike that was originally created specifically for the Italian market in 1964 and came with combined components from the 48 Sport and the 80 Setter.
The engine of the 48SL Cacciatore - a 48 cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine that’s mated to a three-speed transmission - isn’t a world-beater by any means whatsoever. But where it lacked in power, it more than made up for by being a dual-purpose model with a hand gear change, universal tires, higher braced handlebar, higher exhaust on the left, solo saddle, rear rack, and dual rear sprockets.
The 1964 Ducati 48SL Cacciatore that was offered at the 2012 RM Auctions - CN: DM48SL/0041 - is in original and unrestored condition. The combination of age and condition may translate to a little restoration job, but one that doesn’t involve anything too drastic.
Expected pricing was around €2,000 - €3,000, which is around $2,600 - $3,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $1,515.
Knowing Ducati the way we do now, it’s hard to imagine these guys once built bikes that weighed just in excess of 107.9 lbs. But back in the 60’s, the Ducati 48 Sport was one of these bikes, and it was the Italian bike maker’s little darling red bike.
Packed with only a 48 cc single cylinder, two-stroke engine and mated to a three-speed transmission, the 48 Sport had a powertrain that’s nowhere near what Ducati builds these days, although it still packed a respectable 50 mph top speed. It’s relatively small stature featured a myriad of components, including clip-on handlebars that could be fitted with foot pegs. It also had a kick-start instead of pedals and an uncompromisingly attractive red and gold paint finish to go with all that chrome.
The model that was auctioned of at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco was a beautifully restored piece that was in excellent condition. For its stature as one of the most attractive small capacity machines produced by Ducati, this particular Ducati 48 Sport was being pegged with an auction price of €3,500 - €4,500, which is around $4,500 - $5,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $4,167.
Every successful business understands that in order to be successful, the ultimate thing you look at is the bottom line. It’s no different for an esteemed brand like Ducati , who at one point in time, decided to produce a range of moped and lightweight two-stroke motorcycles that were all designed to expand their sales volume.
In 1961, Ducati decided to release the 48 Piuma, a relatively simple bike that was catered to students and young adults alike. It came with a 48 cc single-cylinder, two-stoker engine that was mated to a single three-speed unit gearbox, with a hand gear change incorporated in the throttle grip.
Compared to the other models released at that time, the Brisk, the Piuma has larger section tires, which really doesn’t count for a whole lot in the bigger scheme of things.
The particular 48 Piuma that was at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco was in original and unrestored condition with an estimated bid price of €1,000 - €2,000, which is around $1,200 - $2,500 based on current exchange rates. Actualy selling price was $1,136.