1956 Piaggio Vespa 147cc 150GS Scooter Frame no. 18982

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Lot 309
1956 Piaggio Vespa 147cc 150GS Scooter
Frame no. 18982

Sold for AU$ 11,500 (US$ 9,178) inc. premium
1956 Piaggio Vespa 147cc 150GS Scooter
Frame no. 18982
Along with the rival Lambretta, the Piaggio-built Vespa mobilized an entire generation of Italians in the immediate post-war years, the humble scooter going on to become part of youth culture in the 1960s as favorite transport of the fashion conscious. The end of hostilities in 1945 had left a number of companies that hitherto relied on military contracts looking for alternatives, Piaggio among them. Forbidden by the Allies from resuming his aviation business, Enrico Piaggio instructed his chief designer Corradino d'Ascanio to design a scooter, for which he believed a potential market existed, particularly among women. d'Ascanio's aviation background meant that he was well versed in techniques of stressed-skin construction, and these were deployed in creating the Vespa's monocoque chassis, a revolutionary development at the time. The name 'Vespa' (wasp) is said to have been inspired by the buzzing sound made by its single-cylinder two-stroke engine. "Just like Henry Ford put the workers on wheels in America," Enrico Piaggio told Newsweek, "we put automotive transport within the reach of people who never expected to travel that way." Since its introduction in 1946, millions have been made and countless different versions come and gone, yet the Vespa of today remains recognisably related to the first one made 60 years ago. Classic? Most definitely.

A fine example of the milestone 150GS, for many the definitive Vespa and therefore one of the most collectible scooters ever made, this 1956 model was imported from Italy by the current owner several years ago and has formed part of his collection ever since. The 150GS was introduced in 1955 and designed to appeal to a more sporting clientele, with more speed, better brakes and a new four-speed gearbox. A new, more aerodynamic shape with a single-piece headlamp/handlebar assembly was available in metallic paint for the first time and the longer saddle could comfortably accommodate a passenger.
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1956 Piaggio Vespa 147cc 150GS Scooter Frame no. 18982
1956 Piaggio Vespa 147cc 150GS Scooter Frame no. 18982
1956 Piaggio Vespa 147cc 150GS Scooter Frame no. 18982
1956 Piaggio Vespa 147cc 150GS Scooter Frame no. 18982
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