Vespa Logo – The Vespa is a line of motorcycle scooter first manufactured in Pontedera ( Italy ) in 1946 by Piaggio & Co SpA.
The presentation of the first Vespa 15 bikes took place in April 1946 at the Golf Club of Rome. The parents of the new bike was the businessman Enrico Piaggio and aeronautical engineer Corradino D’Ascanio . After the Second World War , Piaggio had a vision of a comfortable means of transportation, easy to use and inexpensive. Piaggio commissioned a first draft to engineer Renzo Spolti, in which the new vehicle called Paperino, which means duck in Italian, with a design inspired by the folding motorcycle used by paratroopers English. The project’s first prototype did not convince Piaggio and aeronautical engineer turned to Corradino D’Ascanio . The engineer, who liked airplanes more motorbikes, designed a revolutionary vehicle for the time aspect: put the motor on the rear wheel and came up with the front arm thinking about the landing gear of an airplane. Legend has it that when Piaggio saw it, exclaimed, ” Beautiful, seeded a scooter “(Nice, looks like a wasp in Italian ), alluding to the shape of the vehicle: thicker rear part connected to the front by a slim waist , and handlebars as antennas .
Piaggio Vespa continues today by manufacturing, though a vehicle much more prevalent in the fifty and sixty to be chosen by the youth culture of the United Kingdom known as Mods , and later Skinheads . The classic Vespas had unicorporal chassis pressed sheet steel, with bodywork covering the legs to protect against rain and mud. The engine was completely covered by a hooded steel to protect from heat. Piaggio revolutionized the two-wheel industry with the Vespa and produced a model in which virtually all other scooters have been based ever since.