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Camille Daudon Motorcycles

The 1952 Cyclotandem was powered by Ducati Cucciolo 48cc. In Italian cucciolo means 'Little Puppy' and this early 4-stroke bicycle auxiliary engine is one of the earliest Ducati models from the days before Ducati made complete motorcycles.

By 1952 the Cucciolo engine had already proven itself in the gruelling Paris-Nice road races and, fitted to various cyclemotor configurations, was the most popular choice for competitors.

The cyclotandem is essentially a bicycle tandem that has been upgraded by the constructeur to withstand the extra stresses resulting from motorization.

In Great Britain, bicycles and cyclemotors were manufactured and sold on the basis of their competitive prices. In France, however, like everything else motorcycles were an art form and since the nineteen-twenties there had been a market for 'fashionable' cyclemotors.

The machine was a bespoke creation and the manufacturer's shop was in the Champs Elysees. The Camille Daudon was the ultimate fashion accessory and was priced accordingly.


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