Vespa: 1946-2006: 60 Years of the Vespa

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MBI Publishing Company LLC, 2006 - Transportation - 417 pages
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Now a venerable icon of Italian style, the internationally known quintessential scooter - the Vespa - was once a two-wheeled revolution, offering mobility to everyone. Today it has come to symbolize scootering status, style, and freedom.  As Vespa reaches its 60s without showing a wrinkle, this book celebrates its decades of incomparable spirit.  In glowing images and words, the book shows Vespa in its many guises—as the two-wheeled vehicle of the post-war economic boom; as the symbol of the forward-charging ideas of the 1960s; appearing in romantic films such as Roman Holiday; and promoted in delirious ads that claimed, “Whoever Vespas, eats apples.” Decades of period ads and famous calendars are included, as well as technical and production information on every model ever built, including rare prototypes and variants. Each model is detailed in over 30 categories, from engine specs to production facts. Filled with stunning color photos and illustrations, the book is itself a stylish tribute to the iconic vehicle it celebrates.   Author Giorgio Sarti knows Vespa, and this book is a thorough and thoroughly enchanting tribute to the scooter as it has sped through history, meaning something new to each generation, and in the process making its unique mode of personal transport synonymous with freedom. Officially licensed and includes a foreword from Piaggio Group President Roberto Colaninno.
  

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Contents

introduction
9
THE 40s
46
THE60s
54
PART
85
PART FIVE SPORT AND TOURING
233
THEVESPACLUB
249
PART SEVEN THE PONTEDERA MUSEUM
257
R lsrseries 19691975
328
PK N 19891991
371
Cosa 2 19921995
377
PX Disco 19971999
383
ET2 carburatore 1997 2005
390
ET4 19962004
396
125GTL2003
409
PART
413
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About the author (2006)

Giorgio Sarti is the author of Bimota: Twenty Five Years of Excellence and The Great Book of European and American Bikes of the ’70s and the co-author of Vespa: From Italy with Love. A noted motorcycling and scootering enthusiast and journalist, his work is known internationally and he takes great pride in not owning a ca and riding 2-wheeled vehicles exclusively.  

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