The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 3
Piaggio Vespa
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


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 Piaggio Vespa

CHASSIS NO: VBB2M256844


Piaggio emerged from World War II with its Pontedera fighter plane plant demolished by bombing. Italy's crippled economy, and the disastrous state of its roads, were not immediately conducive to the re-development of the automobile market. Enrico Piaggio, the son of Piaggio's founder Rinaldo Piaggio, decided to leave the aeronautical field in order to address Italy's urgent need for a modern and affordable mode of transportation for the masses.

On April 23, 1946, at 12 o'clock in the central office for inventions, models and makes of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Florence, Piaggio took out a patent for a "motorcycle of a rational complexity of organs and elements combined with a frame with mudguards and a casing covering the whole mechanical part".

Piaggio sold 2,500 Vespas in 1947, over 10,000 in 1948, and grew to over 60,000 by 1950.

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