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.

170hp Vespa? Pure Madness!!

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Fancy something different? This is Vespa P-range scooter had had a 1000cc engine stuffed into it and now puts out a whopping 170hp!

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The 10th Giro dei Tre Mari – classic scootering in southern Italy

Tre Mari 2014, Vespa Club of Bari ready to go.

Tre Mari 2014, Vespa Club of Bari ready to go.

This year saw the 10th Tre Mari ‘race’ organised in the south of Italy by the Vespa Club of Bari, a four-day riding event covering nearly 1000 kilometres in which only geared scooters are allowed to enter.
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NOS Power – a Vespa from Down Under to lust over!

S.S. Scooter Engineering, Sydney.

S.S. Scooter Engineering, Sydney.

SS Scooter Engineering of Sydney Australia are the people behind this latest piece of scooter art that we’ve recently discovered on the world-wide web. Continue reading

Dyno Day at Morecambe Scooter Rally

PM Tuning Dyno Open Day

PM Tuning Dyno Open Day

If you’re going to VFM‘s pre-season scooter rally at Morecambe over the weekend of 21-23 March 2014, then you may fancy a short ride down to PM Tuning on the Saturday where the folk there will be holding an open day.

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The liquid-cooled Vespa GS that never happened

Paolo Martin is an Italian car designer who has also dabbled with two wheelers as well over the years.

Paolo Martin with the Vespa GS H2O.

Paolo Martin with the Vespa GS H2O.

Amongst others, he’s known for his work with names such as Bertone and Pininfarina during the 1960s, De Tomaso, Ghia in the 1970s, designing and styling cars for brands like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat. He’s also done some work for Piaggio, as the image above may suggest…

It would appear Martin drew a car for Piaggio and also some mopeds, for both Piaggio and the Gilera brand which they also own. But of course it is the Vespas we want to know more about, isn’t it. Continue reading

Hippy Chic – Vespa SS180 from Eddy Grimstead

East London Lambretta and Vespa dealer Eddy Grimstead was one of the best when it came to marketing scooters.

Early on in the 1960s he produced his Lambretta Imperial dealer special, but it was probably the ‘Grimstead Hurricane’ Vespa that became based on the SS180 when that was launched in 1965, which was the most well-known.

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Vespa 946 – would you buy one?

Back in November 2011, Piaggio announced a new Vespa to their range, the Vespa Quarantasei, aka the Vespa 46.

The Piaggio MP6 prototype from 1946.

The Piaggio MP6 prototype from 1946.


 
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