Vespa through the 1950's


1950

Vespa Montlhery

The Vespa Montlhery

In an attempt to promote the sporty side of Vespa, Piaggio shifted it's focus to achieving records On April 7, 1950 at the French circuit of Montlhery, in 10 hours of testing and three drivers who alternated riding, the Vespa 17 won in world record time with an approximate speed of 134km/h.
- Bore: 53 mm / Stroke: 56mm
- Capacity: 125cc
- Maximum speed: Average of 136.920 km / h
- Suspension: front coil spring and shock absorber adjustable compass, rear rubber buffer and shock absorber adjustable compass
- Brakes: Drum / Tyres: 3.00 - 10 "racing type

 

1951

Vespa 1951

Vespa 125

The 1951 Vespa Model had improved technology (hydraulic shock absorbers, Dellorto carburetor) and aesthetics (exposed gear cables and longer running boards)
- Engine: single cylinder two-stroke
- Bore: 56 mm / Stroke: 49mm
- Capacity: 124cc
- Maximum speed: 70 km / h
- Suspension: elastic with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorbers on both wheels
- Brakes: Drum / Tyres: 3.50 - 8 "

Vespa 125 Sei Giorni 'Six Days'

The racing trial version of the Vespa 125 whose name comes from participation in the Twenty-sixth International Six Days in 1951. The Piaggio Racing Team was composed of: Biasci, Cau, Crabs, Mazzoncini, Merlo, Nesti, Opesso, Riva, Romano and Vivaldi. It has a larger fuel tank, wraparound leg shield and an enlarged right side bag which accommodates the larger carburettor.
- Engine: single cylinder two-stroke
- Bore: 54 mm / Stroke: 54 mm
- Capacity: 124cc
- Maximum speed: 95 km / h
- Suspension: elastic with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorbers on both wheels
- Brakes: drum cast iron cooling fins of large diameter / Tyres: Pirelli "race" 3.50-8

Vespa Siluro (Torpedo)

The super streamlined 'Siluro' designed by Corradino D'Ascanio achieved the flying kilometer record with a time of 21.4 seconds at an average speed of 171.1 km/h
- Engine: single cylinder two-stroke opposed piston
- Bore: 42 mm - Stroke: 45 mm
- Maximum speed: 171.1 km / h
- Capacity: 124cc
- Suspension: front coil spring and shock absorber with a compass, rear shock absorber rubber buffer and a compass
- Brakes: Drum - Tyres: 3.00-10 (built specifically by Pirelli)

1953

Vespa 125 U

The 'Utility' model was designed to compete against competition from Lambretta at the budget end of the market. It featured spartan styling with the headlight incorporated in the handlebars. Only 7000 were produced making it sought after amongst collectors
- Engine: single cylinder two stroke. Horizontal cylinder head with cast iron bearing alloy
- Bore: 56 mm / Stroke: 49 mm
- Capacity: 124cc
- Maximum speed: 65 km / h
- Suspension: coil spring with variable flexibility for the front wheel, with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber for the rear wheel
- Brakes: Drum / Tyres: 3.50 - 8 "

Vespa 150 GS

The GS150 (Gran Sport) is generally regarded as the finest scooter ever designed. It was the first mass market 'sport' example produced, with a quieter engine and performance to match it soon found favour amongst the young
- Engine: single cylinder two stroke.
- Bore: 57 mm / Stroke: 578 mm
- Capacity: 145cc
- Maximum speed: 101 km / h
- Suspension: Coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber on both wheels
- Brakes: Drum / Tyres: 3.50 - 10 "

Vespa 150 sidecar

The Vespa 150 with sidecar provided stable and comfortable travel. It was attached to the Vespa by a single tube.

 

1956

Vespa 150 T.A.P.

This modified Vepsa was produced by Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Automobiles (ACMA), a licensed assembler of Vespas in France for use by the French Airborne Services. In pairs they carried an M20 75mm recoilless rifle and ammunition. It was not designed to be fired from the scooter but was mounted on a tripod also carried by the scooter
- Engine: single cylinder two stroke
- Bore: 58.5 mm - Stroke: 54 mm
- Displacement: 145 cc - Maximum speed: 66 Km / h
- Suspension: front coil spring and shock absorber, rear coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber
- Brakes: Drum - Tyres: 3.50 - 8 "

1957

Vespa 400

Vespa entered the small car market in 1957. It was produced in France by a subsiduary ACMA and was manufactured until 1961- Engine: twin-cylinder two-stroke air-cooled, rear position with rear wheel drive
- Bore: 63 mm / Stroke: 63 mm
- Displacement: 394 cc / Maximum speed: 90 km / h
- Suspension: four wheel independent
- Brakes: four-wheel hydraulic / Tyres : 4.00 - 10 "

1958

Vespa 125 (VNA2)

This scooter was the first to have its body constucted from two separate halves of sheet metal. This type of frame leant itself to mass production and was used for all Vespas after 1958
- Engine: single cylinder two-stroke
- Bore: 54 mm / Stroke: 54 mm
- Displacement: 123.7 cc / Speed Maximum: 75 Km / h
- Suspension: coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber
- Brakes: Drum / Tyres: 3.50 - 8 2

1959

Vespa 150 GS VS5

The VS5 was the last version of the 'Gran Sport' first introduced in 1955. It had an improved braking system and a full chromed tail light with integrated brake light. Over 80,000 were produced up to 1961
- Engine: single cylinder two-stroke
- Bore: 57 mm / Stroke: 57 mm
- Displacement: 145.45 cc / Speed Maximum: 101 Km / h
- Suspension: coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber on both wheels
- Brakes: Drum / Tyres: 3.50 - 10 "

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