1965 Vespa Super 150cc Scooter
Frame no. VBC1T7315
Engine no. VBC1M6983
Along with the rival Lambretta, the Piaggio-built Vespa mobilised an entire generation of Italians in the immediately post-WW2 years, the hitherto humble scooter going on to become part of youth culture in the 1960s as favourite transport of the fashion conscious in a modern style – or Mods. Forbidden by the Allies from resuming his aviation business, Enrico Piaggio instructed his chief designer Corradino d’Ascanio to design a scooter, for which he believed a potential market existed, particularly among women. The name ‘Vespa’ (wasp) is said to have been inspired by the buzzing sound made by its two-stroke engine. Millions have been made since 1946 and countless different versions come and gone, yet today’s Vespa remains recognizably related to the first one made over 60 years ago. Classic? Most definitely.
So successful was the little wasp, that it spread further afield. Vietnam began manufacturing the classic Vespa under license. With a 4-speed gearbox, the Vietnamese Vespa is a nippy and capable 150cc runabout.
The scooter on offer here was imported from Vietnam in 2014. As part of a varied and interesting collection, the scooter represented a great bit of fun for coffee runs. Cosmetically, the bike is in excellent condition and equally so, mechanically. In fine running order, though sparingly used, the bike is the epitome of La Dolce Vita.
Sold on import documentation and a bill of sale.