Vespa’s lethal 150 TAP: A scooter with serious attitude

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Vespa’s lethal 150 TAP: A with serious attitude

150 TAP (Troupes Aéro Portées) was to be dropped into battle by and offered a highly mobile capability

Many motorcyclists the years have wished for presence with which to the inequities of the road-going pecking but until I wandered into the opened Vespa Museum the Australian Albert Park One Circuit this week, I had no that there had ever a production two-wheeler which command complete respect fellow-roadgoers (apart from a Harley-Davidson with open

In the late 1950s, French licensee ACMA (Ateliers de de Motocycles et Automobiles) produced 500 more) examples of this Vespa with integrated M20 rifle / light anti-armor in two production runs in 1956 and

Though there’s a lot of dubious on the Vespa 150 TAP on the internet, much of claims the rider could the M20 on the move, a close inspection of the 150 TAP me that it was not set up to be fired from the partly due to the lack of access to the mechanism of the American-made M20 recoilless partly due to its mounting slightly the frame (which would no have resulted in some difficulties for the rider of the lightweight 150 kg – recoilless is only a relative in this instant), and partly due to the saddle covering, which well have resulted in a worse than …. also the slight issue of the M20 – not much point in getting much firepower in place limited ammunition and wasting it.

The idea behind a military was not entirely new, even the iconic freedom machine of the Boomers was less than a old when it was pressed into service.

The Italian Vespa had developed a Vespa Force (Armed Forces) prototype 1949 and 1951 which many advantages over the motorcycles of the time: lighter better low speed maneuverability; fuel consumption; the ability to a spare wheel and to change it on either end (if you think fixing a tire is problematic, try doing it people are shooting at you); and to the scooter’s reliable drive (chains were one of the weaknesses of of the period), less likelihood of stranded in a hostile environment.

Vespa’s factory-developed Vespa Armate prototype was envisaged a variety of options, including a submachine-gun on the handlebars, a radio the saddle and an armored leg shield.

NATO trials showed the Force Armate was only 3 mph (5 down on the much larger military bikes of the time in of top speed, and resulted in glowing But after more than two of negotiations, Enrico Piaggio the model. In a letter sent by himself in 1952, he concluded he was interested in canvassing for State since we know that its pay low prices and late” and that he was that “the military are not the time of day.”

Hence the French military decided it a better mobility option for its special forces (Troupes Portées, hence the subsequent acronym) than its existing WWII Cushman scooters for the War, it organized a competition French manufacturers for a replacement

Vespa S 150
Vespa S 150

In the end, it boiled down to a shoot-out between prototypes on the Valmobile 100, the Bernardet 250 and the French Vespa licensee won the gig.

Despite an unmistakably profile, the Vespa 150 TAP differed from the Vespa scooter of the It used a 150cc two-… derived by ACMA from the 125 motor, with different and … to the Vespa 150 engine the factory.

Other than the plus the M20 light anti-armor rack and ammunition mounts, the major differences to a standard were a strengthened frame and gearing which gave it a top of just 40 mph (64 km/h).

The TAPs were designed to be into theater by parachute on a protected by hay-bales, fully and ready for almost immediate As such, the TAP offered a highly lethal capability with to counter guerrillas – the M20 was originally as an anti-tank weapon and using a warhead, it was claimed to be capable of 100mm of armor and striking a distance of 7,000 yards km). The 150 TAP was often deployed a trailer, which was used for supplies and a lightweight stand for the

Though the M20 with HEAT was found to be ineffective against T-34 tanks during the War, it was ideal against makeshift field fortifications and quite effectively during the and Indochine conflicts (the ultimately becoming the Vietnam

Alternative warheads were for the M20, one of which could lay a – another helpful capability in the conflicts in which it was used.

Vespa S 150
Vespa S 150
Vespa S 150
Vespa S 150
Vespa S 150


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