As one of the earliest motorcycles Ducati has ever produced, there’s 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 65 cc OHV single cylinder engine mated to a three-speed transmission. The model lasted in production until 1967 in the form of the 125 cc Cadet.
Back then, the Cucciolo 65T wasn’t so much into performance, as evidenced by the 2.25 horsepower output it generated. But for a bike of its time, and the technology that was available then, the Cucciolo 65T was as eye-catching then as it is today as a nice old restoration.
The Ducati Cucciolo 65T was put up for auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco with an estimated price of €3,000 - €4,000, which is around $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $3,030.
Back when cafe racers didn’t come with all the technology and design dynamics of today’s models, bikes like the Ducati 65 Cucciolo Sport were the kings of the road.
As the sporting version of the Ducati 65, the 65 Cucciolo Sport was as popular a cafe racer as they’d come. It featured a dual seat, clip-on handlebars, and the same steel body design that has made up the true classic Ducati.
In addition to its styling, the 65 Cucciolo Sport also carried an impressive powertrain in the form of a 65 cc OHV single cylinder engine that produces 2.5 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and is mated to a three-speed transmission. It wasn’t the most powerful Ducati of its time, let alone any time, but for sheer riding pleasure, the Ducati 65 Cucciolo Sport was in a true class of its own.
The model that will be auctioned off at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco on May 11, 2012 - CN: DM 56026 - is an older restoration model with a red and black paint, good chrome, and a black vinyl seat. Expected bid price for the bike is around €3,000 - €4,000, which is around $3,800 - $5,100 based on current exchange rates.
More photos of the Ducati 65 Cucciolo Sport CN: DM 56026 after the jump.