Ducati Stuffed Animal
THE PUPPIES ARE COMING!
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Just in time for the Holidays!
The ultimate Italian stuffed animal – the Ducati Cucciolo – a
collaboration between Ducati and Accademia creates a collectable animal that
celebrates the first Ducati sport motorcycle, the “Cucciolo” of the 1940s
and 1950s. (Available for worldwide purchase at the
9th November, 2004: It all started with a little puppy. In 1926, the Ducati
brothers founded an appliance business in a suburb of Bologna. Their
motorcycle breakthrough came in 1946.
The Cucciolo or "Puppy" was no more than a 48cc four-stroke engine bolted
to a bicycle frame. But Italians loved it and more than a quarter of a
million were sold over the next decade.
These early scooters, fast, reliable, efficient – with a robust little
engine – laid the groundwork for a motorcycle revolution that led to high
performance sport bikes like the 916 and 999 and cult motorcycles like the
Ducati Monster and Multistrada.
Today, Ducati celebrates the birth of the Cucciolo with a range of
children’s stuffed animals manufactured by Accademia.
Designed to closely resemble the original puppy that appeared in Ducati
advertising for the Cucciolo, the animals are made of fine plush material
with a stuffing of 100% polyester.
Puppies come with Ducati bandanas and tee shirts or logo caps with the
Ducati Corse symbol and race graphics. The Puppies are available in four
sizes, 15 centimeters, 20cm, 30cm and 60cm. In addition, there is a keychain
Beginning in April of 2005, a range of vintage Puppies will be launched,
dressed in the historic "Meccanica" logo and graphics that celebrate
Ducati’s heritage which dates back to the founding of the company in Bologna
Founded in 1995, in the span of just a few years, Accademia has become a
European leader in the back-to-school business. Since 2001, the company has
been expanding in the gift business with noted success in stuffed animals.
The collaboration with Ducati began in 1999 with a collection that
includes stationery and back to school items – segments in which Accademia
is a European leader. Distribution of the line is strictly controlled to
only the best boutiques and distribution outlets.
"Ducati is thrilled about its first-ever collection of stuffed animals,"
said David Gross, Ducati's Creative Director, "The Cucciolo is one of the
most beloved of Ducati icons and the first sport motorcycle produced by the