A Vespa Had to Die For the Segway to Look Cool

If the only thing stopping you from riding around town on a Segway is, well, looking like someone riding around town on a Segway, this enhanced version might make you a little less hesitant about being seen in public on one. And it's all thanks to a handful of Vespa scooters that had to sacrifice their lives for this… » 12/13/13 10:33am 12/13/13 10:33am

What's Up With The Japanese Scooter Tuner Crowd?

Japan rightly sits near the top of the world's strange automotive trend setters. What is cool in the United States now is so two years ago for our pals over in the land of the rising sun, so it pains us to speculate that overly gaudy tuner scooters will be the next big trend over here. Hell, people are already … » 5/12/08 2:20pm 5/12/08 2:20pm

Basket Case Vespa 400 Will Be Check Writing Extravaganza

The march of soul crushing eBay projects continues. After seeing the amazingly terrible mid-engined 1976 Mustang II yesterday, a less malaise but far more European project emerges from the bay of 'e' and it's a terrifying one. 28,000 examples of the Vespa 400 were built in France between 1956 and 1961 using an Italian… » 5/09/08 12:00pm 5/09/08 12:00pm

VW Busbretta Isn't Quite Humiliating Enough

Pardon us for still trying to wrap our brains around this whole Vespa modding trend, but here is another Vespa-style (it's actually a Lambretta, but details, details) scooter mutilation worthy of noting. Not only is this person driving scooter, but it's a scooter with a sidecar, a sidecar that is modified to look like… » 4/28/08 4:20pm 4/28/08 4:20pm

How Do You Increase The Coolness Of A Vespa?

Put a computer in it, of course! Sure, this Vespa GTS 250 still has a 250cc, four-stroke engine capable of propelling the scooter to more than 60 mph. But the real shine comes with the integrated PC. I'm not entirely sure why anyone would want a PC in a Vespa, especially in the area of the two-wheeler this one was… » 2/15/08 3:00pm 2/15/08 3:00pm

Project Car Hell, 1958 Edition: Mercury Commuter or Vespa 400?

Yesterday's all-Corvette Choose Your Eternity poll resulted in the '68 just barely edging out the '69, no doubt due to the Jimi Hendrix connection. Now it's time to try a different type of theme; we haven't yet seen a selection of cars based on a model year alone, so today we're going with two vastly different- yet… » 2/14/08 5:00pm 2/14/08 5:00pm

Transformers Movie Update: Putz Around On A Vespa, Get A Free Ticket To…

It seems like everyone's trying to get in on the cross-branding action for the new upcoming Transformers movie, and the Piaggio, the maker of the Vespa death trap on wheels scooter is no exception. They've got a new promotion running starting tomorrow branding the Vespa as a "Transportation Transformer." For… » 6/13/07 8:00am 6/13/07 8:00am

It Ain't A REAL Vespa Until It's Got A Chevy Big Block!

I'm sorry Ben, that may very well be a Vespa, but it's not a Vespa I'd be caught dead in. This, on the other hand, is a Vespa that's taken out the sissified 349 cc engine and replaced it with more power! That's right, it's now become simply epic with the addition of a Chevy Big Block engine. And that, my friend, is a … » 3/16/07 1:21pm 3/16/07 1:21pm

Who Doesn't Love Hot '60s-Looking Italian Girls on Vespas?

The Motorpasions had this posted on their site and we fell in love with it. It doesn't matter that we no habla Espanol. Or for that matter, Eye-talian. Because Vespa is universal in any language, as are fresh-faced, sexy Sixties mod girls. The only downside to this absolutely exquisite piece of vintage Piaggio… » 6/16/06 5:30pm 6/16/06 5:30pm