Before Ducati made motorcycles, even before they made clip on engines for bicycles, they made electronics. And just like the motorcycles they were special - beautifully designed, functional and of the highest quality. They exist today as functional works of art. This gallery is a tribute to Ducati Electronica, Italian design at it's finest. It is, and will continue to be a work in progress, as chances come up to add photos, we aquire new items or learn more and update descriptions.
Ducati Radio model RR3404.5. The most famous one Ducati built because of it's size and fancy shape. All details on this radio are in wood which is in remarkably nice condition given it's age. It is also in working condition but like all Ducati electronics, prefers Italian voltage
The wood used in this radio is native Italian Sardinian Pearwood, the cases were created by Italian woodworkers trained on fine furniture.
Societa Scientifica Radio Breveti Ducati was founded in 1926 in Bologna, Italy. One of the items they eventually produced in the mid 1940's was this highly prized camera. This is a half frame 35mm microcamera, similar in look and feel to the full frame Leica that it is often compared to but without a doubt, this was by far the finer camera in it's day. One review I found on line said it was the difference between a VW Jetta and a Ferrari, and for this reason are very desirable to collectors of fine cameras, not just Ducatista.
Ducati microcameras were built in three models, the top of the line Sogno (this is a Sogno which translates to "dream" in Italian), the Sport with different shutter speeds and the more basic Simplex. The Difference was that the Simplex was void of some of the features, mosy importantly the interchangable lenses.
A few hundred cameras were built along with several lenses and accessories, all of which commanded rather high prices at the time. It is said that the cost of this camera, 80,000 lire in 1946 for the base camera without accessories, was roughly equal to the price of SIX MONTHS of an Italian surgeon's salary at the time. The inscription on this one, "Non Cedible" and "Per Collaboratore Ducati" makes this one even rarer. It translates to "not for sale" "For collaberation with Ducati" meaning it was a gift to a high ranking person, a racer or a dignitary.
Fortunatly some discount could be found. We think this is a discount coupon for 3000 lire off.
This mint condition Ducati shaver (Raselet in Italian) was delivered to us in Firenze, Italy new, still in the celephane wrapper, making it one of the best examples known to still exist. Introduced in 1940, the Ducati Raselet was the first electric shaver produced in Italy and one of the first produced in the world as well. It is extremely high quality, the details are remarkable, even the box, which is cork, is unusual and of high design
Dufono for office communications. These came in two versions and two colors, black and this ivory. This is the later model
A brochure for this remarkable invention, shows the "secretary' thrilled by her boss's voice