The “Bazooka Vespa”

 “Not just a scooter, a way of life.” This is the slogan of the iconic Italian brand Vespa, most suitable for the world’s number one scooter producer.

The company was founded by Rinaldo Piaggio in 1884, and at first, it produced carriages, switching to aircraft production years later. In 1917, the company expanded their facilities by building a new plant in Pisa. In 1921. Piaggio acquired another factory in Pontedera, where they produced bomber plane engines. This factory became a strategic target during the Second World War, so on 31st August 1943, it was destroyed.

After the war, Enrico Piaggio, Rinaldo’s son, established the new Piaggio company in April 1946, in Florence, and built a new factory with the help of the Allied forces. Enrico saw the need of the masses for an affordable and small vehicle, which can be used on the damaged Italian roads. Inspired by the Cushman motorcycles, which were dropped by parachutes by the Allied Forces, in 1944 Enrico ordered the Piaggio engineers to design a scooter. They created a prototype named MP5, better known as Paperino.

Enrico was not satisfied with the looks of the scooter, so he asked the aeronautical engineer, Corradino D’Ascanio, for a redesign. In 1946, the MP6 model was created, and when presented to Enrico, it was immediately called “Vespa” by the owner himself. The Italian term “Vespa” means “wasp,” and its name was given due to the looks and the sound of the vehicle. On 23rd April 1946, the scooter was patented in the Central Patents Office in Florence, and the production began. The Vespa was an instant success, and it became famous soon after the launch. 13 years since the creation of the Vespa, there were one million scooters sold. Today, this number has increased to over 16 million. Many other manufacturers tried to copy the Vespa and produce their scooters, but none of them had the beauty and durability of the Italian scooter.

Vespa 150 

Vespa has had many models through the years, used for many purposes. However, there is one model which will remain known as the most dangerous scooter ever made: the Vespa TAP 150. Ordered by the French military in 1950’s, Vespa TAP 150 was produced by ACMA, the licensed French manufacturer of Vespa models. The model was first introduced in 1956 and enhanced in 1959. The TAP 150 was planned to be used in the Indochine and Algerian conflicts by the Troupes Aéro Portées (TAP), hence the name of the model. Three companies entered the competition: Valmobile 100, the Bernardet 250 and the modified Vespa. The Vespa won, so approximately 500 pieces of this model were assembled by ACMA.

The TAP 150 had a reinforced frame, a 146 cm³ single cylinder, two-stroke engine and could develop a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour. The TAP was equipped with an M20, a light anti-armour cannon, which could penetrate an armor with 100 mm thickness, thanks to the HEAT warhead attached to it. The Vespa was supposed to serve only as a transport method for the cannon, although it was possible to fire the gun while mounted on the scooter.

This artillery was not very useful against the tanks in the Indochine conflict but proved itself as quite useful against lightly armored targets in the Algerian War. The TAP was constructed to be dropped in pairs from a plane with a parachute. The bikes were mounted on palettes and protected with haystacks. One of the scooters carried the cannon, while the other carried the ammo, so they were operated by two men teams. The TAP 150 was ready to be used instantly, and due to its mobility, it was a very effective weapon. A trailer carrying additional items was often attached to the moped, and it also had a tripod for the cannon. The Vespa TAP 150’s construction was very cheap, with an estimated cost of 500$, so it was the perfect weapon for anti-guerilla warfare.

Vespa 150 TAP 

The Bazooka Vespa was not the first military motorcycle produced by Enrico Piaggio. At the beginning of the 1950’s, he introduced Vespa Force Armate to the army. Although the bike met the NATO standards, Enrico Piaggio himself quit the negotiations in 1952, stating he does not want to deal with the state and the military. The Vespa TAP 150 was used only in Indochine and Algeria and, after that, it was dismissed from service.

Today, the Piaggio group is one of the largest producers of motorcycles in the world, with more than 70,000 employees and operations established in over 50 countries. Piaggio owns eight different motorcycle brands, but Vespa is the jewel in their crown, still faithful to their traditional design and incomparably beautiful to any other scooter.

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Vespa is turning 70 this year.

When you think of Italy, you probably picture a Vespa, which is why we will be turning the spotlight on one of the first and most lovable Italian scooters

Vespa turned 70 on April 23, and to celebrate this landmark Piaggio, the brand owners has come up with a special commemorative series of models including – limited edition Vespa Settantesimo PX, Primavera and GTS. The classic models also feature a new brown leather bag to match the seat.

The new two-wheeler that Enrico Piaggio nicknamed ”Vespa” (wasp in Italian) when he saw the prototype model for the first time has this year reached its 70th birthday.
Since its birth through to this day the Vespa has enjoyed an ever-mounting popular success and remains eternally young.

On Autoworld’s first floor more than 100 models will allow visitors to retrace the scooter’s history, ranging from the initial version, the highly sought after “faro basso” (with its low fitted headlight) through to present day models. This full-blown selection was made possible thanks to the numerous collectors who kindly agreed to loan Autoworld their precious jewels.

If Vespa means “wasp”, the scooter owes it to its distinctive shape, trimmed waist, rounded rear bodywork and characteristic sound resembling that of an insect. Its history dates back to the post-war years, when Italy was barred from carrying out any aeronautical construction work. However for Piaggio & C° this was precisely one of its major activities. Enrico Piaggio decided to convert his factory and develop a new two-wheeler that was not only light, economical, easy to straddle and drive, not dirtying the riders clothes, almost maintenance free and usable to both men and women….in a nutshell, a means of transport accessible to one and all that the post-war Italy needed.
The project was to enjoy huge popularity thanks to the extraordinary stylish work produced by the aeronautical engineer and inventor Corradino d’Ascanio: the Vespa was born! The type V98 was patented on the 23rd April 1946 and almost immediately went into production at the Pontedera factory.

Right from the start certain details did not hide the fact that the company boasted an aeronautical history; just look at the front wheel and its mudguard …

The Vespa underwent numerous makeovers, and as from 1948, the first sidecar appeared. One year later the renowned tri-wheel delivery scooter made its debut.
The Vespa also made a name for itself in competition. During the ‘50s it took part in regularity races (both on and off-road) throughout Europe. Often with great success! In 1951, Piaggio produced a 125cc prototype for speed races and with which it set the world record for the flying kilometre at an average of 171,102 km/h.

In 1952, the Frenchman Georges Monneret (well-known scooter specialist at that time) built an amphibious Vespa for the Paris – London race and succeeded in crossing the Channel from Calais – Dover with his machine.

In 1951 legislation decreed that scooters needed headlights to be fitted at handlebar height. The “faro basso” was discarded, making it even more attractive to today’s collectors and Vespa enthusiasts.

Made famous through such films as “Roman Holiday (1953), and especially “ La Dolce Vita “ (1960) making her an icon, the Vespa today still boasts an enormous commercial success!

The Vespa models were built in 13 different countries, and as from 1953 for a period in Jette (Brussels)

VESPA MODEL GUIDE

 

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VESPA 50 SPECIAL 1978 – 1983

EXTERNAL FEATURES

RECTANGULAR HEADLAMP AND SPEEDO

DETACHABLE HORN COVER

SMALL PANEL DOOR ONLY ON RIGHT SIDE, 300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

BORE – 38.4mm, STROKE – 43mm, Carb Size 16/16

CAN BE INCREASED TO 125/135cc BY CHANGING THE CRANKSHAFT, CYLINDER/PISTON/HEAD, HEAD COWLING, CYLINDER HOLDING STUDS, PRIMARY GEARING and EXHAUST.

6v AC UNREGULATED POWER. POINTS IGNITION

 

VESPA 90 AND VESPA 100 1964 – 1978

EXTERNAL FEATURES

ROUND 105mm HEADLAMP AND SMALL ROUND SPEEDO

THE HORN COVER IS A PART OF THE FRAME

SMALL PANEL DOOR ONLY ON THE RIGHT SIDE, 300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

THE CRANKSHAFT ON THE EARLY V90 HAD A SMALL END BRASS BUSH INSTEAD OF A SMALL END BEARING, MAKING THE PISTON NOT INTERCHANGABLE WITH THE LATER TYPE UNLESS THE CRANKSHAFT WAS ALSO CHANGED.

BORE – V90 47mm, V100 49mm, STROKE – BOTH HAVE A 51mm STROKE
Carb Size: V90 16/16 – V100 19/19

6v AC UNREGULATED POWER. POINTS IGNITION

 

100 SPORT 1976 – 1982

EXTERNAL FEATURES

AS VESPA 100 BUT IGNITION SWITCH ON THE HANDLEBARS

DIRECTIONAL INDICATORS, 115mm ROUND HEADLAMP,

SMALL PANEL DOOR ON BOTH SIDES, 300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

AS VESPA 100 BUT A USA SPECIFICATION MACHINE WITH A DAYTIME HEADLAMP THAT

CAN NOT BE TURNED OFF. 12v DC POWERING SIDE LIGHTS, INDICATORS, HORN AND BRAKE LIGHT, 12v AC REGULATED POWER USED FOR THE HEADLAMP ONLY. POINTS IGNITION , 8mm EXHAUST STUDS.

 

PRIMAVERA 1966 – 1978

EXTERNAL FEATURES

AS ABOVE BUT WITH A ROUND 115mm HEADLAMP AND EYE SHAPED SPEEDO, 300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

BORE – 55mm – STROKE 51mm
CARB SIZE: 19/19

6v AC UNREGULATED POWER. POINTS IGNITION

 

PK50S, PK50ES, PK80, PK100, PK125S 1982 – 1987

EXTERNAL FEATURES

TWO PIECE HANDLEBARS WITH ROUND H/LAMP AND SPEEDO

STEERING + IGNITION LOCK IN ONE ON THE STEERING COLUMN

INSIDE LEGSHIELD TOOLBOX

DIRECTIONAL INDICATORS (NO INDICATORS ON THE PK100)

SMALL PANEL DOOR ON BOTH SIDES SECURED BY LOCKS ABOVE EACH DOOR .

PK FRAMES HAVE AN INDENTATION IN THE FRAME UNDER BODY CLOSE TO THE STAND FOR EXHAUST CLEARANCE.

SPARE WHEEL CARRYING FACILITY UNDER L/H PANEL ,

300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES
THE PK ENGINE IS BASICALLY AN ELECTRONIC 12V VERSION OF THE V50/V90/V100/PRIM ENGINE.

BORE – PK50S+ES 38.4mm, PK100 49mm, PK125S+ES 55mm

STROKE – PK50 43mm, ALL OTHER PK MODELS 51mm

SAME CRANKSHAFT TAPER AS THE V50/PRIM.

SAME GEARING.
THE PK50S WAS RESTRICTED TO 30 MPH BY A 16/10 CARB.

IF CHANGING ENGINE FOR OLDER STYLE V50/PRIM: THE PK CARBURETTOR INLET MANIFOLD HAS TO BE RETAINED BECAUSE IT POINTS APPROX 1″ OVER TO THE LEFT MORE THAN THE V50/PRIM.

PK50S + PK125S USES 12v AC REGULATED LIGHTING.

PK100 USES 6v AC UNREGULATED POWER, AND HAS NO INDICATORS,

PK50ES + PK125ES USES 12v DC POWER FOR ELECTRIC STARTER, HORN, INDICATORS AND BRAKE LIGHT AND USE 12v AC POWER FOR HEADLIGHTS.

ELECTRONIC IGNITION.

PK80s 1982 – 86

EXTERNAL FEATURES

AS PKs, 300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES
AS PKs – PRIMAVERA CRANKSHAFT – 44.5 BORE SIZE WITH DYKES TOP RING, CAN BE REBORED TO V90 OR V100 PISTONS – NO THIRD PORT. BARREL HELD DOWN LIKE THE V50 WITH 4 SHORT STUDS.  19/19 CARB. PK125 EXHAUST ELBOW WITH 6mm STUDS.

 

PK50 / 125 AUTOMATICA 1983 – 84

EXTERNAL FEATURES

BODY WORK, FRONT FORKS AND HUBS THE SAME AS PKXL – PKs VERSIONS WHERE ALSO PRODUCED. FRONT AND REAR BRAKES OPERATED AT THE HANDLEBARS. ELECTRIC START ENGINE, PULL IN THE BRAKE LEVER AND PRESS BUTTON TO START.

300 X 10 WHEELS.

INTERNAL FEATURES

ENGINE UNIQUE TO THE AUTOMATICA – SPECIAL PLURAMATIC EXHAUST with V50/PRIM TYPE EXHAUST ELBOW. SEVEN ELECTRICAL WIRES FROM THE STATOR PLATE, DUCATI CDi, KICKSTART DIFFERENT.


PK125 ETS 1985 – 1987

EXTERNAL FEATURES

PK (ETS) FRAME, PKXL HORNCOVER, PKXL INSIDE LEGSHIELD TOOLBOX, PKXL SPEEDO, SAME HEADLIGHT AS PK MODELS BUT HAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT UNIQUE SHAPED HANDLEBAR TOP COVER. PX FRONT INDICATOR UNITS AND UNIQUE ETS REAR INDICATOR UNITS, ET3 REAR LIGHT UNIT, PK125 FRONT FORKS, SIDE PANELS HAVE INDIVIDUAL LOCKS, HAS SPORTY LOOK AND UNIQUE CIGAR SHAPED EXHAUST THAT FITS ON L/H/S WHICH MEANS YOU COULD NOT FIT A SPARE WHEEL UNDER THE L/H SIDE PANEL. ALSO HAS SMALL HORN GRILLE CUT INTO THE LEGSHIELD TO THE RIGHT OF THE HORN CASTING.

300 X 10 WHEELS.

INTERNAL FEATURES

Same as PK125XL Engine, BORE 55mm, STROKE 51mm, Clamp on 20mm Carb (with 78 main jet ), Electronic Ignition 12V AC Regulated Power.

 

PK50XL, PK100XL, PK125XL 1987 – 1993

EXTERNAL FEATURES

AS PK/S ABOVE BUT WITH A FUEL GAUGE IN THE SPEEDO, FLOOR MATS AND PLASTIC COLOUR MATCHED SEAT BASE AND REAR LOWER BODYWORK PROTECTION. PANEL DOORS RELEASED BY
CABLE OPERATED PANEL LOCKS UNDER THE SEAT. 300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

CARBURETTOR INLET MANIFOLD IS HELD ONTO THE ENGINE BY 3 STUDS WHERE AS ALL THE OTHER SMALL FRAME VESPA’S HAVE TWO.

USES PX FLYWHEEL SIDE NEEDLE BEARING AND OILSEAL.

LARGER TAPER ON THE CRANKSHAFT

AS ABOVE USING 12v AC REGULATED POWER, ELECTRONIC IGNITION

(PK50XL NOW SUPERSEDED BY PK50 – FL2 CALL FOR DETAILS)

PK50XL NEW LINE ( RUSH) FL2 1993>

EXTERNAL FEATURES

IDENTIFIED BY THE INSIDE LEGSHIELD TOOLBOX BEING FLUSH WITH THE TOP OF THE LEGSHIELD. THE ON/OFF/LOCK IGNITION ASSEMBLY IS POSITIONED DIFFERENTLY TO THE PKXL/PKs. THE HEADSET, TOOLBOX, FRONT MUDGAURD, LEVERS, SWITCHES ARE DIFFERENT TO THE PKXL/PKs. CHOKE LEVER IS SITUATED ON THE HANDLEBARS. INDICATOR LENSES ARE THE SAME AS PKXL. SINGLE GEAR CABLE, TWO PIECE FRONT BRAKE CABLE WITH F/B LIGHT SWITCH FITTED. 300 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

CARBURETTOR 16/15 ( Main jet 65 ). SINGLE GEAR CABLE. ENGINE AS PKXL WITH NEW STYLE CLUTCH AND PLUNGER ASSEMBLY. PK 50 EXHAUST

P125X, PX125E, P150X, P200E, PX200E 1978 – 1984

EXTERNAL FEATURES

IGNITION SWITCH IN TOP HANDLEBARS

LARGE FULLY DETACHABLE SIDE PANELS HELD IN PLACE BY FRONT EXTERNAL HANDLES.

DIRECTIONAL INDICATORS

SPARE WHEEL CARRIER UNDER L/H PANEL

SOME LATER PX-E MODELS HAD OIL INJECTION and 20mm front wheel axle

(KNOWN AS PRE EFL MODELS) 350 x 10 wheels.

INTERNAL FEATURES

BORE – P125X 52.5mm, P150X 57.8mm, P200E 66.5mm

STROKE – ALL MODELS 57mm

12v AC REGULATED POWER IS USED ON ALL PX/PE MODELS

P125X, P150X USE POINTS IGNITION

PX125E, P200E AND PX200E USE ELECTRONIC IGNITION

 

PX125E-EFL, PX200E-EFL 1984 – 1999

EXTERNAL FEATURES

AS THE PX/PE ABOVE BUT WITH THE IGNITION SWITCH MOVED AND INTEGRATED WITH THE STEERING LOCK IN THE STEERING COLUMN, FUEL GAUGE IN THE SPEEDO

ALL EFL MODELS ARE OIL INJECTION TYPE . 350 x 10 wheels

THE SIDE PANELS ARE CLAMPED IN PLACE WITH HANDLES UNDER THE SEAT.

INTERNAL FEATURES

AS THE PX/PE ABOVE BUT ALL MODELS ELECTRONIC IGNITION

SOME LATER MACHINES MAY HAVE ELECTRIC START AND COSA CLUTCH

PX125 DISC, PX200 DISC 1999 – 2000 >

EXTERNAL FEATURES

ALSO KNOWN AS THE “MY” MODEL

AS THE PX EFL ABOVE BUT THEY HAVE A FRONT DISC BRAKE FITTED WITH STAR SHAPED FRONT HUB.

SUMMER YEAR 2000 ONWARDS VERSIONS HAVE HALOGEN HEADLAMP, CHROME FITTINGS AND VINTAGE STYLE SPEEDO

NEW STYLE SEAT. NEW SHAPE CHROME REAR LAMP AND CHROME INDICATOR UNITS WITH CLEAR LENSES.

INTERNAL FEATURES

ELECTRONIC IGNITION AND ELECTRIC START.

T5 1985 – 1992

EXTERNAL FEATURES

THE FRAME IS BASICALLY THE SAME AS PX125EFL BUT THE REAR SECTION OF THE FRAME WAS EXTENDED TO FIT A LONGER SEAT UNIT, THIS CAN BE SEEN AS A SEAM ABOVE EACH PANEL. THE PX STYLE FLOOR RUNNER STRIPS WHERE REPLACED BY FLOOR MATS HELD IN PLACE BY A SPOILER.

A NEW STYLE RECTANGULAR HEADLAMP WAS FITTED AND A VERY LARGE D SHAPED SPEEDO WITH A REV COUNTER AND A FUEL GAUGE. A SMALL SCREEN BLADE WAS FITTED ONTO THE TOP OF THE HEADSET.

350 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

BORE – 55mm, STROKE – 52mm
A 5 PORT ALUMINIUM BARREL WITH A 2 STUD LOOSE FLANGE TYPE EXHAUST FITTING.

12v AC REGULATED LIGHTING POWER, ELECTRONIC IGNITION

 

T5 CLASSIC 1993 – 1999

EXTERNAL FEATURES

NOT AS T5 ABOVE BUT AS THE PX/EFL THIS MACHINE WAS MADE AFTER THE T5 NAMED “CLASSIC” DUE TO ITS OLDER PX TYPE STYLING. USES FLOOR MATS AND A SPOILER AS PER THE T5 BUT THAT’S ALL.

HANDLEBARS ARE NORMAL PX-EFL ROUND HEADLAMP AND SPEEDO WITH FUEL GAUGE. 350 x 10 wheels

INTERNAL FEATURES

SAME ENGINE AS THE T5 ENGINE ABOVE.
ALTHOUGH THE T5 ENGINE CASINGS AND MOST OF THE TOP END COMPONENTS ARE UNIQUE TO THE T5, THE ENGINE AS A UNIT WILL SLOT STRAIGHT INTO A PX WITH NO ALTERATIONS NECESSARY.

T5 MILLENNIUM 1999 – 2000

SAME AS THE T5 CLASSIC BUT FEATURED A DISC BRAKE AND INCLUDED MIRRORS THE SAME AS THE NEW YEAR 2000> PX DISC. IT ALSO HAS A COSA CLUTCH FITTED.
COSA (1) 125/200 1988 – 1992

EXTERNAL FEATURES

FLATTER MORE FLUSH FITTING HORN COVER AND TOOLBOX THAN PX MODELS.

IGNITION-TOOLBOX-STEERING LOCK, ALL ONE LOCK SEAT LOCK ON SIDE OF THE SEAT,

WITH MET-IN FACILITY UNDER THE SEAT. ROUND HEADLAMP AND AN ARCH SHAPED SPEEDO WITH A

REV COUNTER AND A FUEL GAUGE, COLOUR MATCHED MIRRORS

HYDRAULIC LINKED BRAKES – VIA THE REAR BRAKE PEDAL. 100 / 90 X 10 WHEELS

INTERNAL FEATURES

ENGINE MOSTLY AS PX125 OR PX200 BUT WITH DIFFERENT CASINGS, ALL MODELS ARE OIL INJECTION,

ELECTRIC START WAS OPTIONAL ON BOTH THE 125cc AND 200cc. EXHAUSTS LOOK LIKE PX TYPE BUT USE A LONGER

3 INCH BOLT THE CARB USES AN AIR FILTER ON THE CARB AND A SECONDARY AIR FILTER IN THE AIR BOX ACCESSED

IN THE MET-IN COMPARTMENT UNDER THE SEAT . 100 / 90 X 10 WHEELS

COSA (2) 125/200 1992 – 1997/8

EXTERNAL FEATURES

AS ABOVE BUT THE TRIM COLOUR WAS NOW MORE OF A BROWN/GREY

THE WHEEL DISCS ON THE OLD COSA WERE REPLACED BY A THINNER

TYPE RING THAT JUST COVERED THE WHEEL NUTS, THE FRONT

SUSPENSION UNIT HAD NO COVER BUT HAD A CHROME SPRING

THE SEAT LOCK WAS MOVED BACK TO THE REAR OF THE SEAT, WHICH WAS A MORE AFTERMARKET LOOKING SEAT

WITH A COLOUR MATCHED PLASTIC SEAT REAR SECTION, THE MIRRORS ON THIS MODEL WERE NOT PAINTED.

100 / 90 X 10 WHEELS

INTERNAL FEATURES

AS ABOVE BUT VERY LATE MODELS MAY HAVE ALUMINIUM CYLINDER,

ALSO GEAR SELECTION IS BY ONE SINGLE PUSH/PULL THICK GEAR CABLE

INDIA SCOOTER MODELS

LML STAR – NEAREST ITALIAN SCOOTER – PX EFL
SELECT – NEAREST ITALIAN SCOOTER – VESPA T5 WITH PX ENGINE
SUPREMO – NEAREST ITALIAN SCOOTER – COSA
CHETAK – NEAREST ITALIAN SCOOTER – VESPA SPRINT
SENSATION – NEAREST ITALIAN SCOOTER – VESPA PK/PRIMAVERA VARIANT

OLD VESPA MODELS

VESPA SPORTIQUE

VESPA GL

VESPA SPRINT and GTR

VESPA SUPER

VESPA RALLY

VESPA 152L2

 

VESPA GS

VESPA DOUGLAS ROD MODEL

 

 

Comparison of Various P Series Models
P 125 X P 150 X P 200 E PX 80 E PX 125 E PX 125 T5 PX 200 E GS PX 125 PX 150 PX 200 PX 125 PX 150
PX 150 E 1 PX 200 E 1
Years in Production 1977-1981 1978-1997 1977-1997 1981-1986 1982-1997 1986-1999 1987-1998 1998-2008 1998-2008 1998-2001 2011- 2011-
Chassis Number Prefix VNX1T VLX1T VSX1T V8X1T VNX2T VNX5T VSX1T VSX1T ZAPM47100 ZAPM74200
V8X5T 2
Engine Type Air-cooled, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine
Engine Capacity 123cc 150cc 198cc 79cc 123cc 123cc 198cc 123cc 150cc 198cc 123cc 150cc
Bore x Stroke (mm) 52.5×57 57.8×57 66.5×57 46×48 52.5×57 55×52 66.5×57 52.5×57 57.8×57 66.5×57 52.5×57 57.8×57
Power in kW (BHP) 5.75 kW 6.7 kW 7.35 kW 5 kW 6.3 kW 9 kW 9 kW 6.5 kW 7.0 kW 9 kW 4.8 kW 5.8 kW
(8 BHP) (9 BHP) (10 BHP) (7 BHP) (8.6 BHP) (12 BHP) (12 BHP) (9 BHP) (9.5 BHP) (12 BHP) (6.5 BHP) (7.9 BHP)
@5600 RPM @6000 RPM @5000 RPM @6000 RPM @6000 RPM @6500 RPM @5700 RPM @6000 RPM @6000 RPM
Torque (Nm) 12.4 9.5 11.2
@4800 RPM @4250 RPM @4000 RPM
Transmission Four-speed manual, grip shift
Top Speed 86 km/h 90 km/h 95 km/h 80 km/h 89 km/h 100 km/h 105 km/h 90 km/h 91 km/h 95 km/h 84 km/h 88 km/h
Fuel tank capacity 8 liters (including 2.5 liter reserve)
Emission Standards Conformed to Euro 2 Euro 3
  1 The same chassis number applies to the Arcobaleno (or Lusso) models.
  2 This model was in production from 1985 and marketed exclusively in Germany.

FRAME AND ENGINE NUMBERS

 

Model Frame Engine Capacity (C.C) Year
ROD TYPE  – UP TO 113/11848 125 1951-53
MODEL G  – FROM 113/11849 TO 074/15417 125 1953-54
MODEL GL 2  – FROM 074/15148 TO 025/21000 125 1954-55
MODEL 42L2  – FROM 025/21001 TO 046/33801 125 1955-56
GS   GRANSPORTS VS1T VS1M 150 1955
92L2 ONWARDS FROM 046/33802 125 1956-59
GS   GRANSPORTS VS2T VS2M 150 1956
CONTINENTAL VL3T VL3M 150 1956
GS   GRANSPORTS VS3T VS3M 150 1956-57
MODEL 102L2 VB1M FROM 0471001 150 1957
CLUBMAN VB1T VB1M 150 1957-59
GS   GRANSPORTS VD2TS VDS3M 150 1957
GS   GRANSPORTS VS4T VS4M 150 1958
GS   GRANDSPORT VS5T VS5M 150 1959-62
ACMA 92L2 FROM 244179 TO 293084 125 1958
GL150 VGL1T 150 1956-8
GL150 VGLA1T 150 1959-61
GL150 VGLB1T 150 1961-2
GL150 VLA1T VLA1M 150 1962-5
152L2 VA1T, VNA2T VBA OR IDENTIFIED FROM NO.s 125 1959-61
NEW 150 VBAT VBAM 150 1959-60
SPORTIQUE (312L2) VBB1T IDENTIFIED BY NUMBERS 150 1961-62
VESPA 150 (Sportique) VBB2T 150 1962-67
VESPA 125 VNB1T 3 Speed 125 1959-1961
VESPA 125 VNB2T 3 Speed 125 1961
232L2 VNB3T, VNB4T, VNB5T, VNB6T IDENTIFIED BY NUMBERS 125 1961-2
GS160 SERIES 1 VSB1T VSB1M 160 1962
GS160 SERIES 2 VSB1T VSB1M 160 1963
180 SS VSC1T VSC1M 180 1965
150 SPRINT VLB1T VLB1M 150 1965
125 GTR (125cc Version Sprint) VNL2T 125 1968-78
150 SUPER VBC1T VBC1M 150 1966-79
V90 V9A1T V9A1M 90 1964-78
90SS V9SS1T V9SS1 90 1965
90 RACER V9SS2T V9SS2M 90 1971
V100 V9B1T V9B1M 100 1978-84
125 VMA1T VMA1M 125 1966
PRIMAVERA 125 VMA2T VMA2M 125 1967-79
125 SUPER VNC1T SU66 125 1965-79
RALLY 180 VSD1T VSD1M 180 1969
RALLY 200 ELECTRONIC VSE1T VSE1M 200 1972-78
50N  50R V5A1T V5A2M 50 1973-76
50 SPECIAL V5B3T V5A4M 50 1978-83
ET3 125 VMB1T VMB1M 125 1977
125 TS VML3T VNL3M 125 1977
PK50 V5X1T V5X1M 50 1982-84
PK50S V5X2T V5X1M 50 1982-84
PK50S Lusso V5X2T 50 1985-88
PK50 SS V5S1T 50 1983-86
PK50XL V5X3T 50 1985-90
PK50XL FL V5N1T 50 1990
PK50XL HP V5N2T 50 1991
PK50XL N NUOVA V5X5T 50 1989-90
PK50XL RUSH V5X4T 50 1988-90
PK50XL2 V5X3T 50 1990
PK50XLS V5S2 50 1986
PK50 PLURIMATIC VA51T 50
PK80S V8X5T 80 1982-86
PK80S LUSSO V8X5T 80 1985-88
PK100S V9X1T 100 1982-84
PK100XL V9X2T 100 1986-90
PK125 VMX1T VMX1M 125 1982-85
PK125 ETS VMS1T 125 1984-85
PK125 N NUOVO (FL) VMX7T 125 1990-91
PK125S VMX5T VMX5M 125 1982-84
PK125XL VMX6T 125 1986-90
PK125XL2 VMX6T 125 1990
P125X VNX1T VNL3M 125 1978-82
P150X VLX1T VLX1M 150 1978-83
PX80E V8X1 80
PX100E V1X1T 100
PX125E VNX2T VNX1M 125 1982
PX150E VLX1T VLX1M 150 1983
P200E VSX1T VSE1M 200 1978-84
PX200E VSX1T VSE1M 200 1983-PX
PX200 DISC VSX1T VSX IT 200 2000
PX125 DISC VNX1T VNX1M 125 2000
PX125 T5 VNX5T VNX T5 125 1985
COSA 150 VLR1T 150 1987-90
COSA 200 VSR1T 200 1988-90

 

 

Vespa Scooter Chassis No’s 1945 – 1971
YEAR                MODEL      CHASSIS NUMBER RANGE

MODEL 98

1946‑1947          V98               01                18079

VESPA 125

1949 1950          V1T + V15T        01                104096

1950 1952          V30T + V33T       104097            251820

1952               VM1T              01001             08830

1953               VM1T              08831             095870

1953               VU1T              1001              7001

1953               VM2T              085971            0100619

1954               VM2T              0100620           0176014

1954               VN1T              01001             023000

1955               VN1T              023001            050100

1956               VN2T               050101            096569

1957               VN2T               096570            0125600

1957               VNA1T              01001             010300

1958               VNA1T              010301            068031

1958               VNA2T              068032            0107007

1959               VNA2T              0107009           0116431

1959               VNB1T              01001             016275

1960               VNB1T              016276            080686

1961               VNB1T              080687            089850

1961               VNB2T              01001             034699

1961               VNB3T              034700            054414

1962               VNB3T              054415            090395

1962               VNB4T              090396            099700

1963               VNB4T              099701            0136485

1963               VNB5T              01001             07070

1964               VNB5T              07071             043240

1964               VNB6T              01001             07455

1965               VNB6T              07456             035439

1965               VNC1T              01001             04420

1966               VNB6T              035440            037028

VESPA 150

1954               VL1T               1001              8173

1955               VL1T               8174              17000

1955               VL2T               17001             64970

1956               VL2T               64971             93101

1956               VL3T               93102             130693

1957               VL3T               130694            132737

1958               VB1T               1001              55375

1959               VB1T               55376             99700

1959               VBA1T              1001              16515

1959               VBA1T              16516             88510

1960               VBA1T              98520             125040

1960               VBB1T              1001              16070

1961               VBB1T              16071             96693

1962               VBB1T              96694             146000

1962               VBB2T              146001            155712

1963               VBB2T              155713            198232

1964               VBB2T             198233            240757

1965               VBB2T             240758            273260

1966               VBB2T             273261            279948

125 Gran Turisimo (GT)

1966               VNL2T              30001             35763

1967               VNL2T              35764             54602

1968               VNL2T              54603             65401

1969               VNL2T              65402             69847

1970               VNL2T              69848             73613

1971               VNL2T              73614             75821

125 Gran Turisimo Sprint Veloce (GTR)

1968               VNL2T              100001            100751

1969               VNL2T              100752            107340

1970               VNL2T              107341            112897

1971               VNL2T              112898            117898

 

Gran Sport 150 (GS150)

1955               VS1T               001001            0013300

1956               VS2T               0013301           0023310

1957               VS3T               0023311           0035310

1959               VS4T               0035311           0047350

1959               VS5T               0047351           0052363

1959               VS5T               0052364           0070128

1960               VS5T               0070129           00104731

1961               VS5T               00104732          00127350

Gran Sport 160 (GS160)

1962               VSB1T              001001            0029970

1963               VSB1T              0029971           0048250

1964               VSBIT              0048251           0061000

Super Sport 180 (SS180)

1965               VSC1T              001001            003120

1965               VSC1T              003121            0019720

1966               VLB1T              026479            039230

150 Super

1965               VBC1T             1001              4295

150 Gran Luxe (GL)

1957               VGL1T             01001             010842

1958               VGL1T             010843            016610

1959               VGLA1T            01001             016000

1960               VGLA1T            016001            031227

1961               VGLA1T            031228            035267

1961               VGM1T             035268            043000

1962               VGM1T             043001            048294

1962               VLA1T             01001             05958

1963               VLA1T             05959             078009

1965               VLA1T             078010            080855

150 Sprint

1965               VMB1T             01001             026478

1966               VLB1T             026479            039230

VESPA 50/N

1963               V5AIT              1001              6960

1964               V5A1T              6961              61346

1965               V5A1T              61347             92875

1965               V5A1T              92976             101576

1966               V5A1T              101577            155460

VESPA 50

1963               V5SAIT            1101              2104

1964               V5SA1T            2105              10479

1965               V5SAIT            10480             15001

1966               V5SAIT            15002             15324

VESPA 50 SPECIAL

1969               V5A2T             1001              2015

1970               V5A2T             2016              34257

1971               V5A2T             34258             655526

VESPA 50 Elestart

1969               V5A3T             1001              1020

1970               V5A3T             1021              3696

1971               V5A3T             3697              4833

VESPA 50 Sprinter – 50SR (D)

1971               V5SS2T             4001             4160

Standard 90

1963               V9A1T             1001              2994

1964               V9AIT             2995              17549

1965               V9A1T             17550             21544

1966               V9A1T             21545             24130

90 SUPER SPRINT

1965               V9SS1T            1001              2262

1966               V9SS1T            2263              4876

1967               V9SS1T            4877              5026

1969               V9SS1T            5027              5401

1969               V9SS1T            5402              5679

1970               V9SS1T            5679              6138

1971               V9SS1T            6139              6309

90 RACER

1971               V9SS2T            7001              7360

125 Primavera

1965               VMA1T             01001             08392

1966               VMA1T             08393             014781

1967               VMA1T             014782            018100

1967               VMA2T             020001            022874

1968               VMA2T             022875            031548

1969               VMA2T             031549            036266

1970               VMA2T             036267            042299

1971               VMA2T             042300            049703

All years shown are approximate and subject to variations in various countries.

All information regarding chassis numbers is subject to E & O, E. 2000.

THE LISTS AND GUIDES ABOVE ARE DESIGNED TO ASSIST YOU TO DETERMINE THE MODEL OF YOUR VESPA. THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS AND ALSO THERE ARE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN SUCH AS ITALIAN VESPA , ENGLISH VESPA DOUGLAS, FRENCH ACMA VESPA, AMERICAN ALLSTATE VESPA, SPANISH VESPA, INDONESIAN VESPA AND VARIOUS INDIAN BAJA AND LML MODELS. THE MACHINES GENERALLY HAVE THE DIFFERENCES LISTED. WE CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS THAT RESULT FROM IDENTIFICATION FROM THIS LIST, OR PARTS SUBSEQUENTLY SENT OUT AS PER DESCRIPTIONS FROM THIS LIST.