Sold for £1,035
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: UFK 29E
Frame No: 038156
Engine No: 038376
The Piaggio industrial group was devastated by the consequences of World War 2. Amongst the projects muted to rescue the company was an idea to help mobilise the Italian public with a new transport concept ‘The motor scooter’. This was inspired by the Cushman scooter of Nebraska USA as used by the US paratroopers and seen in the Italian campaign of WW2. Aeronautical engineer Corradino d’Ascanio, normally associated with inventing helicopters, was given the job of designing the scooter. D’Ascanio did not like motorcycles and designed the new vehicle from scratch with a vision for clean reliable personal transport for both men and women. During trials the buzzing noise of the engine and body shape combined for the scooter to be christened the ‘Vespa’ the Italian translation for wasp. From the launch in 1946 it was such a success that it has become a symbol of taste, fashion and style and is one of the favourite global design icons of all time, the Vespa.
The Vespa 150 Sprint was launched in 1965 at the same time as the much revered SS180 and replaced the 150 Super. The new Vespa Sprint had similar bodywork to the SS180 and also had 10 inch wheels as opposed to the 8 inch wheels of the 150 Super. The engine was the one from the classic 145cc family but with a distinct increase in power giving a both improved acceleration and better average speed. This example is appears solid but scruffy and has is described as 'running well very recently'. She has her original Veglia MPH speedometer and Siem rear light. She is for sale with no reserve.
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