Rumour Mill – a new Bajaj Chetak for 2017

Once a scooter with a waiting list measured in years, the Vespa derived Bajaj Chetak was a mainstay of the Indian nation for decades. And then one day, in  Continue reading

Vespa GS

Vespa GS scooter

Vespa GS scooter

It’s Sunday morning, but we don’t need an excuse to post this picture of a stunning Vespa Gran Sport, which can be found on display at at the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera, Italy.

Behind this lovely scooter, on the wall is a photo of Enrico Piaggio himself, looking down on one of the most beautiful vehicles his company created.

(for more museum exhibits, click here)

Reasonably priced classics? 

It’s been suggested that the price of classic Lambretta and Vespa scooters lately has spiralled out of reach of many. 

However while some on eBay are asking fortunes (which we doubt they’re receiving) and nameless businesses located half a world away are all to keen to take your money, we reckon a look locally could net you what you want. 

At JB Tuning in Southend recently and they’ve got this Italian Innocenti Li Series 3 for sale. 175cc motor, MOT and lively blue & white paint. 

At £2650 ono (eg it sounds like a deal can be struck!) it proves you don’t have to risk an unseen resto from abroad for twice the price to ride a tidy classic 60s scooter on the road these days.

So what has your local shop got to offer then? 

   

  

  

Mental 80s Vespa exhaust!

Silentium Vespa PX exhaust

Silentium Vespa PX exhaust

If you’ve got a Vespa PX125 or 150 – or indeed any other largeframe Vespa with such an engine – and you want an aftermarket exhaust that shouts, ‘look at me’, then look at this!

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70s TV advert – the ubiquitous Vespa PX

1977 Italian Vespa P-range advert (screen grab – click to view film).

1977 Italian Vespa P-range advert (screen grab – click to view film).

Back in 1977, Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio launched not just a new Vespa scooter but a new range of Vespas. I’m sure they didn’t realise back then that they’d still be manufacturing a PX in 2015, but they are, and this Italian television advert shows the first models in the range from 1977…

Vespa P-range television advertisement.

Beware buying Indian Lambrettas & Vespas online

vijai_deluxe_leaflet From time to time we receive offers of classic Lambretta and Vespa scooters from suppliers in India, as well as receiving email ‘updates’ from various sources about some ‘nice Lambretta scooters’ on eBay. However, if you are in the market for your first Continue reading

EuroVespa 85 – Vespa World Days 2015

EuroVespa 1985 programme cover.

EuroVespa 1985 programme cover.

Back in 2006, the annual EuroVespa rally became World Vespa Days, part of Piaggio’s Vespa World Club, but for many it will still be known as Continue reading

February 1960 – Snow & Lambretta holiday guide!

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

With snow falling in Great Britain in February 2015, it seemed the perfect time to share this cover from an old British magazine from 55 years ago, the Continue reading

Lambretta with SX Appeal

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Some old adverts appear timeless and this one from the mid-sixties is a good example. And what a great slogan too! So good in fact that car manufacturer Datsun used it in the 1970s too.

datsun sx

 

The New Vespa Bellissima

Vespa 946 Bellissima 125cc.

Vespa 946 Bellissima 125cc (with pillion seat).

For 2014 Piaggio have finally announced the new Vespa Bellissima, which if it looks familiar is this year’s ‘version’ of the Vespa 946. If like us you didn’t realise, after it’s launch the 2013 model was subsequently named the Ricordo Italiano, allowing Piaggio to make a few tweaks and tease us all with another limited edition Vespa. Continue reading