<b>1966 Piaggio Vespa 150 </b><br />Frame no. 253819 <br />Engine no. VBB2M 248028

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Lot 130¤
1966 Piaggio Vespa 150
Frame no. 253819
Engine no. VBB2M 248028

Sold for US$ 11,000 inc. premium
1966 Piaggio Vespa 150
Frame no. 253819
Engine no. VBB2M 248028
145cc 2-Stroke Single Cylinder Engine
Del'Orto SI 20/20D Carburetor
5.9bhp at 5,200rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
2-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Well optioned and nicely presented
*Outfitted with the larger 145cc motor
*Classic 1960s Mod-style


THE VESPA 150

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 recognizably related to the first one made 60 years ago. Classic? Most definitely.

THE MOTORSCOOTER OFFERED

The fine example of the iconic Vespa offered here was built during arguably the most desirable part of the decades-long production run, where the classic design remained largely unaltered, but performance had been significantly improved. Propelled by the larger 150cc engine and equipped with 4-speeds and ten-inch wheels, these mid-sixties examples move along very well. Finished in a classic white paint with a black leather saddle, the 150 is outfitted with chrome guards, desirable twin saddle seating arrangement, and a rear mounted spare tire. Acquired from California 11 years ago by the vendor, it has only been used occasionally since purchase. Beautifully presented throughout, this classic Italian offered fun transportation for two in great fashion.

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  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1965.
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<b>1966 Piaggio Vespa 150 </b><br />Frame no. 253819 <br />Engine no. VBB2M 248028
<b>1966 Piaggio Vespa 150 </b><br />Frame no. 253819 <br />Engine no. VBB2M 248028
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