c1966 Vespa 150cc Scooter
|Colour||Red, White & Green|
Idolised by the young people for generations, made famous by celebrities like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and produced all over the world, the Vespa came to symbolise Italy more than just about any other product. Instantly recognisable and found in just about every corner of the globe, the Vespa revolutionised mass transportation in the immediate post-war period. At a time when the car was beyond the reach of most Europeans, the scooter gave millions of people the freedom of movement and proved the ideal solution for getting around increasingly crowded cities. The classic large-frame model was first seen in 1954 and underwent almost constant refinement over the next two decades. By the time the example on offer here was manufactured, the Vespa 150 had benefited from more modern styling with an integrated headlamp and a new cylinder-inducted motor design for better reliability and more power. As Vespa production was passing the two million mark in 1960, the four-speed gearbox was standardised on the 150 models while less expensive, more reliable rotary valves were introduced the following year, improving reliability. The Vespa VBC Super was built between 1965 and 1979, with a rounded front headlight and a squared-off tail light and rear fender. Easy to maintain and cheap to run, the Vespa is an ideal choice as a classic commuter vehicle today, with excellent support available from clubs and specialists around the world. Why ride a boring modern scooter when you could arrive on a style icon?