The first Vespa was created in the Tuscan factory of Pontedera near Pisa in 1946. After the Second World War the Piaggio family, which was specialised in the construction of aircrafts, wanted to help the cripple Italian economy to get back on top. There was an urgent need for a modern and affordable way of transport. The vehicle had to be easy to steer for men and women, it had to carry a passenger and all that without having to worry about the messiness of dirt and mud.
The design was entrusted to an airplane expert, D'Asciano, who disliked motorcycles. With his knowledge of airplane technique he designed a vehicle which was built on a frame with a steering handle and with the engine placed on the rear wheel. When Enrico Piaggio saw this revolutionary design he compared it with a "Vespa", the Italian word for wasp, because the design looks like the slim waist of a wasp. The first Vespas had a 98cc two-stroke engine with 3 gears and reached a maximum speed of 60 km per hour.
The first Ape (Italian word for a “worker bee”) was made just two years after the first Vespa was assembled. The Ape is a Vespa with an open or closed loading platform.
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