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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PART FIVE SPORT AND TOURING
PART SEVEN THE PONTEDERA MUSEUM
R lsrseries 19691975
PK N 19891991
Cosa 2 19921995
PX Disco 19971999
ET2 carburatore 1997 2005
150 mm drum 700 mm SADDLE air INDUCTION SYSTEM arm with coil blue Max BORE AND STROKE BRAKES FRAME monocoque cantilevered with split carburettor cc BORE COMPRESSION RATIO COOLING forced air cylinders/cycle single/2-stroke DISPLACEMENT damper FINAL DRIVE damper REAR SUSPENSION DECLARED PERFORMANCE MAXIMUM direct WHEELS interchangeable DRIVE direct WHEELS ENGINE cylinders/cycle single/2-stroke FINAL DRIVE direct forced air INDUCTION FRAME monocoque FRONT Frame numbers FRONT BRAKE 125 FRONT SUSPENSION trailing FUEL TANK GEARBOX 4 speeds Gilera glovebox grip-shift FRAME IGNITION flywheel kg DECLARED PERFORMANCE leg-shield litres WEIGHT magneto mm FUEL TANK mm SADDLE HEIGHT models monocoque FRONT SUSPENSION oil-bath GEARBOX OIL/FUEL RATIO PERFORMANCE MAXIMUM SPEED Piaggio Pontedera power/revs Presentation Milan Show rear dimensions/weight LENGTH REAR SUSPENSION coil rim FRONT BRAKE rotary valve FUEL scooter side-panels split rim FRONT spring and damper STARTING kick-start lever SUSPENSION coil spring SUSPENSION trailing arm SYSTEM rotary valve Umberto Agnelli valve FUEL SYSTEM Vespa