Ducati Marianna Era
With sales of the 1946-1958 Ducati Cucciolo booming, Ducati turned its attention to racing. It was with the Gran Sport motorcycles – affectionately called the Ducati Marianna – that Ducati began its racing success. The Ducati Marianna immediately became unbeatable, rendering the name Ducati synonymous with victory in the racing world.
Ducati Cucciolo Era
In 1946, with the end of World War II (WWII), Italy had little money and a desperate need for transportation – a combination of circumstances that made the Ducati "Cucciolo" (little puppy) just the right invention at the just the right time. Advertised with a catchy jingle heard on radios throughout Italy – the Ducati Cucciolo was a major success that contributed to the advent of mass motorcycling in Italy.