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Vespa Scooters – Classic and Elegant

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Vespa scooters can easily mean stylish, personal transportation.

This Italian line of scooters is one of seven companies owned by Piaggio & Co. During World War II, Enrico Piaggio saw the need for a modern and affordable form of transportation.

Original vespa scooters had a design that came from a conflict.

Corradino D’Ascanio was supposed to design a robust and affordable vehicle for Ferninando Innocenti. D’Ascanio’s model didn’t please Innocenti and so he moved on and took it to Enrico Piaggio to produce the spar-framed Vespa in 1946.

Innocenti later produced the more costly Lambretta line of motor scooters.

Vespa Scooters   Classic and Elegant

The first prototype was the “Paperino”, Italian for Donald Duck, but this was not what Piaggio was looking for.

The second prototype was the MP6 and when shown to Piaggio he exclaimed: “Sembra una vespa!“, which means, “It looks like a wasp!”. The name stuck.

In 1947 some 2,500 Vespa motor scooters were sold.

The following year was a dramatic increase with 10,000 sold, 1949 saw 20,000 sold, and 1950 brought over 60,000 sales.
Hollywood made the biggest promotional contribution in 1952 when Audrey Hepburn rode a Vespa in the film Roman Holiday. This resulted in over 100,000 Vespas sold.

In 1996, Vespa’s 50 year anniversary, more than 15 million scooters had already been sold worldwide.

Classic and elegant styling has always been characteristic of a Vespa motor scooter. Great gas mileage, limited parking in urban areas, and low running costs have increased it’s popularity.

There are six models in production today. All of which vary in engine power and price.

 

  • Granturismo 200
  • Vespa GTS 250
  • GTV and LXV Vintage Collection
  • Vespa GT60 Limited Edition
  • Vespa LX
  • Vespa S