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What does Vespa stand for?

This article is about the Vespa line of scooters. For other uses, see Vespa (disambiguation). Vespa ( Italian pronunciation: [ˈvɛspa]) is an Italian luxury brand of scooter manufactured by Piaggio. The name means wasp in Italian.

Who makes Vespa scooters?

The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.

What happened to the Vespa ET scooter?

In 2005, the ET was withdrawn from Europe and North America and replaced by a new small-frame scooter, the LX range. These were available in the US in 50 cc and 150 cc versions, while Europeans could choose a 50 cc, 125 cc and 150 cc. In recent years, many urban commuters have purchased new or restored Vespas.

Why are Vespas so popular?

A shortage of available parking for automobiles in large urban areas and the Vespas low running costs are two reasons for the increase in Vespa (and other scooter) popularity.

What does Vespa mean in Italian?

The name means wasp in Italian. The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.

Who makes Vespa scooters?

The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.

Why are Vespa scooters called Allstate scooters?

Much as Vespa had used the Cushman Army scooter as inspiration for its original design, Vespa in turn made scooters for Sears, Roebuck & Company (labeled and marketed as Allstate scooters) and Cushman after World War II.

How does a Vespa scooter work?

The scooter had rigid rear suspension and small 8-inch (200 mm) wheels that allowed a compact design and plenty of room for the riders legs. The Vespas enclosed, horizontally mounted 98 cc two-stroke engine acted directly on the rear drive wheel through a three-speed transmission. The twistgrip -controlled gear change involved a system of rods.

When did the Vespa ET scooter come out?

The ET series of Vespa scooters was launched in Europe in 1996, 50 years after the first Vespas were sold. The ET series of Vespa scooters was significant, as it was Vespa’s long awaited attempt to move beyond 2-stroke engines.

What does Vespa mean in Italian?

The name means wasp in Italian. The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.

Why did Douglas stop making Vespa scooters?

Douglas produced Vespas which were often outdated compared to current Italian models. Douglas failed to meet the production numbers hoped for by Piaggio, though after production ceased in 1965, Douglas remained the UK importer for Vespa scooters until its demise in 1982.

What happened to the Piaggio Vespa?

The factory was demolished in 2001. Between 1956 and 1966 an unauthorised, reverse-engineered version of the Vespa was built and sold in the USSR by Vyatka. This was withdrawn after protests by Piaggio.

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