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VESPA Brand History
In 1884, a twenty year old boy founded Piaggio, a company based in Genoa. After a few years, the company began to produce rail carriages, goods vans, coaches, engines, truck bodies and, during the World War I, it even built airplanes and seaplanes. In 1917, Piaggio bought a new plant in Pisa and. after four years. a new one in Pontedera, Italy, where Vespa would be founded many years later. Even if this factory was heavily damaged by bombs, Enrico Piaggio had the resources to rebuilt it.
After the war was ended, Enrico Piaggio wanted to create a product for the masses and above all, a low cost product that could be available to all people. In order to reach this goal, he produced a scooter called Paperino, meaning Donald Duck in Italian, based on a motorcycle the parachutists used in the past.
The first step was made, so, next year a new Vespa motorcycle was officially launched. It was equipped with a 125cc engine. In 1946, the company sold 2484 bikes while next year the number increased to 10535. By 1948, the production reached 19822 and three years later 171200 vehicles with the Vespa signature were out. Four years after the Vespa has been on the market, the scooter was produced in 13 countries, sold in 114 nations and copied in USSR where the Viatka 150cc was pretty much the popular Vespa scooter.
The first Vespa was powered by a 98 cc engine, produced 3.2 bhp at 4,500 rpm and could reach a top speed of 60 km/h. It was kept production for two years but , in 1953, Vespa 125 suffered a major engine improvement, the power output being increased to 5 bhp at 5,000 rpm, and the top speed was now 75 km/h.
In comparison with the previous model, Vespa 150 GS could reach a maximum speed of 100 km/h. However, the company worked a lot on the scooter and new models were prepared for the next years. For instance, in 1963, the Vespa 50 was rolled out, being available in multiple versions. The last one, the ET4 50, which was released in 2000, was able to cover 500km thanks to its large tank capacity.
Vespa has won a lot of awards, being considered the best Italian motorcycle just after Giancarlo Tironi, an Italian University student, reached the Arctic Circle on a Vespa. Moreover, Carlos Velez has crossed the Andes from Buenos Aires to Santiago del Chile on the same scooter. In 1980, two Vespas PX 200 crossed the finish line of the second Paris-Dakar rally.
Due to the competition coming from other brands, Vespa needed to be revamped so a new model, the ET, was officially released. It was lighter than the previous models, it came with an automatic gearbox and could comes a series of engines from a 50 cc in either two-stroke or four-stroke, up to a 150 cc four stroke.
In 2003, the company was close to bankruptcy, mostly due to the millions of dollars spent of plans and products which have never been released. However, the company managed to face the financial problems so the company still exists nowadays.
Latest News about VESPA
Welcome the "Vespa Segway", a daring and extremely cool idea coming from Spain. The name says pretty much everything about this contraption: we're dealing with a Segway-like personal transportation electric vehicle which uses all the design cues of the popular scooter brand. It looks like Bel & ... Continue Reading →
Now that the tears have dried up on my face after reading a press release from Italy's financial police (Guardia di Finanza), and I caught up my breath, here's the (old) news: the 2013 EICMA was once more plagued by fake Chinese Vespa knock-offs. Obvioulsy, it all went down just like in 2012: confiscated... Continue Reading →
Vespa shows their latest addition to the scooter line-up, in the shape of the Primavera, a new two-wheeler offered in three configurations. Primavera (Italian for "spring") is offered in 50cc, 125cc and 150cc versions, with the smallest ready in both 2- and 4-stroke flavors. The best mileage is about 1.5... Continue Reading →
Vespa's iconic 946 scooter was unveiled in New York with all the hype required by an exclusive piece of modern machinery. The place chosen for the event was a Bvlgari flagship store on NY's 5th Avenue, in the presence of Piaggio CEO and President Roberto Colaninno. The forst 3600 946 units form the &ldqu... Continue Reading →
Motorcycles made from wood are not a new thing in the business, and every now and then we stumble upon some amazing, crazy guy dedicating countless work hours to building a wooden bike. Carlos Alberto is a carpenter... with a thing for Vespas, and here's his Daniela. This Vespa looks too good for words to de... Continue Reading →
A study carried out by CNN has shown the Vespa 98 as one of the best industrial designs of the 20th century. Even though there are many fellows out there who would never like to be seen riding a Vespa, we have to be honest and admit the iconic scooter is one of the major trend-setters in the two-wheeled industry. ... Continue Reading →
Vespa announces their ultra-stylish 946 scooter will finally cross the pond and be available in Canada, in November or so. Since the US is a very strong market, the 2014 Vespa 946 will in dealerships south of the Canadian border, too, as the classic Italian scooter seems to have a lot of fans there, too. There is ... Continue Reading →
Stunt-riding is not the first thing coming to mind when thinking about the Vespa Ciao moped. However, it looks like this seemingly harmless vehicle has more to it than meets the eye.. and this Italian teenager really proves that Ciaos can stunt. There's no telling whether the ECU of the moped has been tamper... Continue Reading →
So far Piaggio only sells the Vespa LX125 in India, and this automatic transmission scooter is quite expensive in comparison to other similar vehicles. That's why we (and Indian customers) will most likely see more models rolling out from the Vespa factories. Ravi Chopra, chairman and MD for Piaggio Vehicles ... Continue Reading →
Vespa scooters are a milestone in the 2-wheeled world with their iconic design which is as simple as it is unmistakeable. However, their classic attire can be transformed into something new, with a character so striking and unique that it really makes us gape in awe. And the Guardian, Pulsar Projects' steampunk ... Continue Reading →