There's No Substitute For A Classic Vespa

If you believe a scooter should be made of lightweight aluminum instead of plastics and have Italian origins instead of Japanese, old Lambrettas and Vespas await you out there! » 11/25/14 3:15pm 11/25/14 3:15pm

Tire-shredding, 38 HP Vespa is World's Best Sleeper

By packing 38 tire-blistering horsepower into a cut-down, ultra lightweight 2 wheeler with a straight-cut, 4-speed transmission, the German mental patients at Scooter and Service may have just built the world's most perfect vintage Vespa. » 3/22/14 3:30pm 3/22/14 3:30pm

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

Insane Cannon Equipped Vespa Heads To Auction

Although it sounds like a joke and looks like some kind of modern art gone wrong right, this Cannon equipped 1959 Vespa scooter supposedly actually served duty defending the Italian province of Messina. » 5/05/12 2:00pm 5/05/12 2:00pm

Piaggio Ape = Tweety Bird

Some of you have remarked that Piaggio’s Vespa-based minitruck bears a remarkable similarity to the Looney Tunes character. Reader Juan Diaz nails the proof with Photoshop. » 6/02/09 3:00pm 6/02/09 3:00pm

The Piaggio Ape: Buzzing About in Europe’s Cutest Truck

Trucks are big things with big V8 engines, spewing diesel smoke, correct? Not quite. Trucks are things for hauling other, smaller things—and when the hauling is on the narrow streets of Italy, nothing beats the pint-size Piaggio Ape. » 5/22/09 2:30pm 5/22/09 2:30pm

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden Vespa

The Vespa scooter has a classically appreciable shape. Portuguese craftsman Carlos Alberto managed to fashion one from laminated hardwood. The result is stunningly beautiful. » 1/20/09 3:30pm 1/20/09 3:30pm

Donald Rumsfeld, Vespa Driver

Seems even retired warmongers are feeling the pinch at the pump these days, as everybody's favorite former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, has purchased the least-aggressive form of transport in the world, a Vespa. Yes indeed, Rummy has picked up a shiny new LXV 150 to use for scooting around the Maryland… » 6/11/08 2:40pm 6/11/08 2:40pm

Riding the Vespa S

Getting through a traffic jam on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is a game of inches. So even though I'm a fan of almost anything with a motor and two wheels, I was a bit skeptical about venturing onto the city streets aboard the Vespa S. » 5/20/08 2:17pm 5/20/08 2:17pm

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

Vespamino!

We saw all sorts of little vehicles zipping around as folks prepped their vintage race cars, from Segways to golf carts, but this was by far the coolest (and most useful for hauling Whitworth socket sets, cases of $50-a-quart oil, etc). This Vespa-with-truck-bed looked to be in great shape... but what's up with the… » 8/20/07 3:30pm 8/20/07 3:30pm

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 real?… » 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

Autorama Blowout! Vespa 400, Tiny Like Whoa


Okay folks, last day of tardy Autorama coverage. I'm going to go all out and provide a show-centric post every hour, on the hour. Why? So that all you slackers suffering through a Friday in the confines of your cubicles can keep from going insane waiting till five o'clock rolls around. See if you can hang on to your… » 3/16/07 9:00am 3/16/07 9:00am

Sign the Vespatition?

When we used to work at the corner of Polk and Turk in SF, we often found ourselves jealous of our co-worker Matt, who would cross the Bay on his Honda in record time and then only pay five cents an hour to park his bike right in front of the office. Matt, on the other hand, was jealous of our skills with the ladies… » 6/22/06 11:15pm 6/22/06 11:15pm