A few months back, I had the amazing opportunity to go to Italy and drive in the Mille Miglia. Jaguar sponsored my trip, and as a result I was able to be co-driver in a ‘54 Jaguar C-Type, and drive a brand-new F-Type R Coupé at high speeds on the autostradas. Because I’m severely wrong in the head, though, I think I…
Italy is a magical place, full of Italians and Piaggio Apes. And if you have no idea what a Piaggio Ape is, that is terrible. Because it's a delightful little three-wheeled pickup, and when fully loaded every sad little attempt to get up a hill is the silliest goddamn thing I've seen all morning. Until it flips.
The Piaggio Ape makes an excellent mini-work vehicle for the small Italian streets. But just because it's a scooter with three wheels doesn't mean you can also take it for a few two-wheel thrills.
You would think a two-minute short film starring octopuses in love and in which the fastest vehicle is a Piaggio Ape cannot possibly be filled with fast-paced action. But you would be wrong.
With a pickup bed able to fold up into a vertical storage bin, Adam Schacter's CarGo concept is a Piaggio Ape for the 21st century. Like its ultra-stylish Italian predecessor, the battery-powered single-seater's designed for frequent deliveries in dense cities.
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.