The Vespa is such an iconic symbol of Italy that we're forgiven for assuming the ancient Romans must have ridden the two-wheeled scooters on their daily excursions around town. In fact, Vespas are a post-war creation of the Piaggio company, which started out in 1884 manufacturing parts for ships, railroad cars, and, eventually, airplanes.

The first Vespa (Italian for wasp, the name was reportedly coined by Enrico Piaggio himself) rolled off the assembly line in 1946. The Vespa was unique among motorcycles in the way it allowed riders to sit upright in a position that was ergonomically correct, before people even thought much about such things. The 98cc scooter also had guards beneath the rider’s feet and over the tires, to keep the rider from being splattered by mud and debris. It was, in short, a very civilized motorcycle.

By 1953, the year Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn rode a Vespa through the streets of Rome for the film Roman Holiday, some 500,000 Vespas had been produced — estimates suggest the film accounted for an additional 100,000 sales. The line of Vespas had now grown to include a larger 125cc Vespa U (for Utility), with a rack behind the seat (only 7,000 of these rare Vespas were made). In 1962, Salvador Dali painted a Vespa 150, and collectible bikes from 1963 include the smaller Vespa 50 and the 125cc Primavera.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Classic Motorcycle Archive

Classic Motorcycle Archive

This simple website contains photos and descriptions of over a thousand classic antique motorcycles and motorized b… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Other Makes : Vespa Original 1958 Vna1t Piaggio VespaVespa Original Veglia SpeedometerVespa Warehouse Find! 1981 100 Sport Scooter, Running, 142 Original Miles!Vespa Accessories For Front HubVespa Nos Steering Lock For Gs150 With 2 Vespa Logo KeyGenuine Desmo Badge Bar - 1950s / 1960's Lambretta, Vespa, Vintage Car, Must SeeVespa Ss180 Cylinder Std Size 62.00mmVespa Original Siem Rear LampVespa Nos RectifierVespa 2 Original Kick Start Levers For Gs160 Or Ss180Vespa Original Engine Case For Gs160 VsbVespa Nos Cover For Gear Selector. With The Original Cadmium SurfaceVespa Nos Metal Front Chock AbsorberVintage Tin Metal Toy Vespa G.s. Scooter Motorcycle With Flywheel MotorVespa Original Cylinder Head For Ss180 VscVespa Nos Ss180 Piston Std Size 62.00mmOther Makes : Other Ape Vespa Piaggio Ape Utility Three Wheel Motorcycle Kit Car Great Promotional CarVespa Front Axle For Gs160 Or Ss180Vespa Nos Clear Indicator Lens For HandlebarsVespa Nos Red Plastic Indicator LensVespa Nos Bracket For Gs150 Drain TubeVespa Original Spare Parts Book Vespa 2 Nos Special Screws For SpeedometerVespa Gs 160 Side Trim Left Side Original From The 1960s Vespa 2 Nos Rubber For Brake PedalVespa Nos Rubber Feet For Main StandVespa 2 Nos Finger Brass NutVespa 3 Nos Chrome Screws For Rear LightVespa 4 Nos Gaskets For Ignition Coil TopCev 9313 Tail Light With 127 Lens, Oem Used On Many Italian: Vespa Guzzi DucatiVespa Steering LockVintage 1950's Mud Flap Fits Schwinn Bicycle Lambretta Vespa *nos*Vespa Nos Ignition Coil HouseVespa Nos Bulb Socket For Rear LightVespa Original Service Station ManualVespa Steering Column For 10 Inch WheelsSpeedo Vespa Vm Vl OriginalVespa 2 Nos Set Of Outer Zinc List For Floor RunnersVespa Nos Glass For Rear Light. Models Up To 1952Vespa Nos Bulb Socket For Rear LightChrome Fender, Jag Red Lights For Lambretta / Vespa. Scooter Gp. Sx. Li.Vespa Original Cylinder Head For Gs160 VsbTiffany & Co. Scooter (vespa) Charm In Sterling Silver Vespa Nos Speedometer Gear For Front AxleVespa Nos Bulb Socket For Rear LightVespa Original Brown Junction BoxVespa Nos Rubber For Rear Shock Absorber 2013 Vespa S 50 4v-rebuilt To 90ccVespa Nos Brake DrumVespa Nos Speedometer Drive For Ss180Vespa Nos White Glass For Rear Light. Models Up To 1952Vespa Nos Speedometer Drive For Gs160Vespa Nos Bracket Set For Rear LightVespa Nos Bracket Set For Main StandVespa 3 Nos Terminal For CableVespa Nos RectifierVespa 2 Nos Brass Screws For Rear LightVespa Nos RectifierPiaggio Vespa Gilera Scooter Diagnostic ToolsRaf Roundel Pin Badge Mod Ska Scooter Motorcycle Biker Rude Boy Girl Vespa Moped