Vespa Turns 70


The history of Italy's most beloved motorino.

This article appears on The Local.

Happy 70th Vespa! The history behind Italy’s famous scooter

When you think of Italy, you probably picture a Vespa, and the scooter turns 70 today. To celebrate, we look back at its history.

It was inspired by war

The Vespa conjures up images of romance and idyllic trips around scenic Italian cities – but it would never have come into being without the Second World War. The fighting left Italy’s economy and infrastructure in ruins.

Inspiration came from the American-made Cushman Airborne, a small, steel motorcycle which had been used by Italian troops during the war. Allied planes had dropped the robust, but compact, vehicles by parachute into Milan and Turin so that they could be used by resistance fighters. Read more at The Local…

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