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Enrico Piaggio and the Vintage Vespa Scooter

Although the Vintage Vespa scooter has been around longer than the Lambretta, they did not have the same strength of following in the UK, possibly to do with the 'SX appeal' of the later Lambretta models.

The Vespa (which means "wasp" in Italian) was the result of Enrico Piaggio's determination to create a low cost method of transport for the masses, after the destruction and chaos caused by the 2nd World War. The prototype motor cycle, known as the MP 5, was nicknamed "Paperino" (the Italian name for Donald Duck) because of its strange shape. Corradino D'Ascanio redesigned this initial model; resulting in the Vespa being first produced in Pontedera in April 1946.

The Douglas Company

The Douglas Company in Bristol had produced motorcycles since 1907, but in 1948 an arrangement with Piaggio enabled Vespa's to be build under licence in England. Vespa production ceased in 1965, after producing some 126,230 machines. Douglas continued to be the British importer of until 1982.

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The British economy of the 'Swinging Sixteen' also spawned a new style amongst the youngsters of the original rock'n'roll generation - the MOD.
With jobs and money, they dressed in tailored suits and, with a driving licence at the age of 16, they wanted to escape the 'right' places and only one vehicle would do as transport - the Scooter.

The Vintage Vespa Scooter Time Line

1948Vespa 125The first Vespa 125 cc. It saw the introduction of rear suspension
1953Vespa 125 UHeadlamp appeared high up on the handlebar for the first time in Italy (it had already been introduced on a number of exported models)
1955Vespa 150 GSSome call this "the most popular, imitated and remembered model"
1962Vespa 160 GSThis was created to continue the market success of the first GS, with a completely new design. The power output was 8.2 bhp at 6,500 rpm
1963Vespa 150 GLAnother new design for what has been called "one of the best-looking Vespa's produced "
1964Vespa 50The first Vespa 50 cc. Designed to exploit the new Italian Highway Code, which made a number plate obligatory on larger engines
1965Vespa 180 SSThis marked a new milestone in the growth of the engine (181.14 cc), with 10 bhp
1966Vespa 125Unofficially known as the new 125, it featured radical innovations in the design, frame, engine (inclined 45) and suspension
1966Vespa Super Sprint 90A special series derived from the Vespa 50/90 cc
1968Vespa 180 RallyWith this new scooter, Piaggio extended the rotary timing fuel feed system to its entire production
1968Vespa 125 PrimaveraTogether with the subsequent PX version, it was the most durable version of the Vespa
1970Vespa 50 ElestartIt featured the great novelty of electric ignition
1972Vespa 200 RallyThe Vespa with the largest engine
1976Vespa Primavera ET3The name stood for Electronic 3 intake ports
1978Vespa P 125 XThe "PX" marked a new step forward in styling (the bodywork was completely redesigned) and performance
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