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When were Vespa scooters invented?

When were Vespa scooters invented?

Thanks to Enrico Piaggio’s intuition and the genius of legendary Italian aeronautical engineer, Corradino D’Ascanio, Vespa scooters were born in 1946. With its narrow waist, large rear and engine buzz, it resembled a wasp (vespa in Italian) and with Enrico’s exclamation the name stuck.

What is the history of Vespa?

The first vehicle was created from spare aircraft parts that were actual pieces of landing gearsfrom Mussolini’s airplanes. It was designed by Corradino D’Ascanio. Because of the unique design, especially the front handle bars, and its sound, it was named Vespa, the Italian word for wasp.

What year did Vespa start?

In 1949 Vespa was first built with a race chassis which was made from the same aluminium alloy used for the construction of aircraft and was assembled with rivets, alloy wheels and technology which was highly advanced during the 40’s.

How long does a Vespa engine last?

The useful engine life of a 50cc , air cooled scooter before it requires a rebuild is probably not much more than 10k miles. A water cooled scooter like the Vespa GTS/ or 300 series should last 50,000 miles or more if maintained properly.

How much does a Vespa cost?

A new Vespa Primavera costs $4999.00 USD + tax + registration + dealer preparation fees + freight.

How many CC is a Vespa?

In light of vastly-increasing US sales, Vespa developed the GT, offered as a 200 cc four-stroke and a 125 cc variant in Europe. In 2004, Vespa reintroduced a modernized PX 150 to the United States.

What is a Vespa made of?

A Vespa is a fairly simple vehicle. The body of the scooter also acts as the frame, and is made out of pressed steel. Known as a monocoque frame, this gives a scooter a good ratio of strength and rigidity compared to its weight. This differs from motorcycles, which are built on a welded frame made of beams or tubes of metal.

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