Vespa Scooter Photos & History

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Vespa S Sport 125

Classic Vintage Motorcycles: Motor-Scooters

Piaggio Co. SpA and Vespa History

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The line of motor-scooters was first by Piaggio Co. SpA of Pontedera, Italy in The Piaggio company was founded by Piaggio (18641938) in 1884, out manufacturing locomotives and railway in Genoa, Italy.

By the start of Piaggio’s company, Industrie e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio was one of Italy’s leading suppliers of aircraft.

During the allied campaign against Italy’s industrial infrastructure, Piaggio’s Meccaniche Nazionali di Pontedera in Finale Ligure, Genoa and were completely destroyed. In the reconstruction period of the mid 1940s, Piaggio’s son Enrico decided the Piaggio firm would the aeronautical field, and instead, on manufacturing inexpensive transportation was urgently needed to help Italy’s devastated economy.

The MP6 ‘Wasp’ Prototype

The task of a new, cheap mode of was assigned to engineers’ Vittoria and Renzo Spolti. In 1943, introduced their first built at a factory in Biella the Moto Piaggio 5 (MP5 nicknamed Pato Donald Duck) by the factory workers. The used a 98 cc Sachs two-stoke made in Germany.

Enrico Piaggio was not particularly with the look of the MP5, so he the design work over to D’Ascanio (18911981), who was previously an engineer for Costruzioni Aeronautiche SpA aviation. D’Ascanio design were to create a two-wheeled that was affordable, easy to and accessible to a broad range of by utilizing a step-through design would appeal to both men and

D’Ascanio’s new creation was launched in under the code-name MP6 Vespa, Wasp in Italian. The Vespa was coined by Enrico Piaggio, who upon first seeing the MP6 Sembra una vespa, or It reminds me of a The Vespa was distinctly non-motorcycle in and appearance, further adding to its with the fairer ….

of the ‘Step-Through’ Scooter (Auto-Fauteuil)

The step-through motor-scooter was certainly not a new tracing its roots back to France, with the introduction of the 3hp Although the Vespa’s basic layout was loosely based on the principle, the primary influence from the contemporary looking Auto-Glide step-through motor-scooter, was produced by the Cushman Motor of Lincoln, Nebraska, since

Another similarly-designed step-through called the Motor Glide was by E. Foster Salsbury of Oakland, starting in 1936.

The Vespa 98

The Vespa model to roll off the line was called the Vespa 98, was launched in 1946. Although the 98 was featured on the covers of La Moto and magazines in early 1946, the reaction was mixed, so only were produced at the new factory in Pontedera, Tuscany.

Initially, the new was marketed through Lancia car and sales steadily climbed to 2,400 units in the first year. The 98 had an external drive between the rear wheel and the 2-… motor with a top of 75 km/h. In 1948, Piaggio out with the V1T — V15T a 125 (124.8 cc) motor.

The next improvement came in with the Series 2 which was to make wheel and tire easier. There was even a racing version called the 98 Corsa, which had a top speed of 80 There was also the Vespa 98 Circuit which was used as a laboratory for future design

Vespa’s Racing Heritage

In Vespa began to steadily the displacement of its two-… motors, the introduction of the Vespa 125. By Vespa was actually beginning to well on the racing circuit, its 125 Corsa telaio in lega chassis) GP racer. In 1950, placed first and second at the Grand Prix, riden by Cau and Dino Mazzoncini.

Vintage Racers

By the early 1950s, was building several innovative setting all kinds of records for displacement classs. The Vespa was a streamlined endurance/land-speed scooter broke over seventeen records including a 1-hour run an average speed of 134km/h; a run with an average speed of and a 1,000-mile run with an average of 124.3km/h!

One of Vespa’s only forays the world of multi-cylinder vehicles was D’Ascanio’s super-streamlined Vespa which used a 124.5 cc twin, producing over 17 hp @ rpm. In 1951, the Siluro the standing kilometer record at seconds with an average of 171.1 124.3km/h.

Vespa on the World

Throughout the late Vespa began to penetrate markets throughout Europe, its dominance in the step-through scooter

The Vespa GS150 (Gran models VS1 was introduced in 1955, a 150cc motor that 8 hp at 7000 rpm. The Gran VS1 through VS5 are known for their lines, and rounded sheet-metal and were built between and 1961.

Vespa Design and

The Vespa was designed around a chassis made from sheet-metal, with cowlings covered the engine, and a contoured fairing that acted as a mud The engine was a single-cylinder two-… frame’ motor. Optional included front and rear and spare-tire ‘continental’ kits.

Vespa S Sport 125

During its first ten years in the Vespa sold over a units. Deciding to expand on success in the scooter arena, introduced the Vespa 400 automobile in

Vespa awaiting restoration at Tim shop in San Diego

In 1959, was purchased by Fiat SpA, at the time by the Agnelli family. the 1960s, Vespa was sold the models VBB, VBC, and which used a 4 speed transmission and 150 cc two-… engine. In Vespa discontinued its ‘piston-ported’ motor, last used on the 180 SS

Piaggio C. S.p.A. has owned Italian marques over the including Aprillia, Gilera. and Moto Guzzi .

Vintage Models (1944 to 1980)

125 — 1948

Vespa GS 150 — VS1 to VS5 Gran — 1955 to 1961

Rally — 1968 to

Vespa 50 50 Special — to 1973

Vespa Primavera 1968 to 1976

Vespa PX 1980 to 1982


Piaggio and Vespa successfully the US market in 2001, under the of Roberto Colaninno, and the Aprilia was added to the scooter line.

Piaggio is a publicly traded that is sold in the US equities under the ticker symbol:

Vespa S Sport 125
Vespa S Sport 125
Vespa S Sport 125
Vespa S Sport 125
Vespa S Sport 125

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