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Old 09-18-2010, 08:05 AM
Chris Sweetman Chris Sweetman is offline
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Smile Dugu Bernardi 10

Dugu Bernardi 3.5hp 1896 with folded hood

Reference number: 10

Scale: 1:43rd

Made in Italy

Dugu was a brand specialising in vintage model cars and was active from 1961 to 1973. The name was changed to Sispla in 1974 before they closed for business in 1975. The visionary behind this range was Bartolomeo Chiodo, a vintage car enthusiast. For the name of his company Mr Chiodo took inspiration from his birthplace. He was born in Varallo Sesia, a small town in Piedmount which was divided into two districts: "dugu" and "falcet" in local dialect. These translate to owl and falcon respectively. Mr Chiodo was born in the "dugu" area and hence selected this name for his company. The trademark became an owl and the stylised design was drawn by R. Violi, a respected graphic designer.

Mr Chiodo used the cars displayed in the Turin Automobile Museum as ideas for most of the models in the Dugu range. This museum also was a major buyer of his products and these were sold in the their shop.

Early Dugu models were made by Stampopolastica. In 1962 Stampopolastica introduced it's own range of vintage model cars under the Rio name.

This Dugu model represents Professor Bernardi's attempt to produce a functional internal combustion engine within a chassis. Unfortunately, Bernardi's vehicles, which date back to 1893, did not meet with enough success to make them really well known. This tri-car had a water cooled 624cc engine, three speed gear box, chain transmission and had a top speed of 20mph.

Dugu Bernardi 10 1 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Dugu Bernardi 10 2 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Dugu Bernardi 10 3 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Note: a version with the hold raised was used by Dugu as a club model and was released as number 9. This model is classified as rare.


librumm 1972/2002 a story of models author Danilo Castellarin published by Brumm 2002

Miniature and Collectors number 2 published by Giorgio Nada Editore 2001

Model Cars author Edoardo Massucci published by Orbis Books 1972

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:43 PM
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Nice post - always wondered why the boxes looked like this:

[not my pic, obviously]
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:09 PM
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And my one and only Dugu is labeled that the original is in the Torino museum! Very cool, I always thought...

Dugu behind glass:

and free:

MUSEO DELL'AUTOMOBILE CARLO BISCARETTI DI RUFFIA does not list it anymore; perhaps they sold it to Museo dell'Automobile di San Martino in Rio :

source: www.museodellauto.it
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:46 PM
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That's wicked. The chain is a cool element. Nice.
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