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In 1946 Pi­ag­gio re­leased 2484 of their new Vespa onto the roads

By 1953 out­put had risen to 171,200 units per year

By June 1956 pro­duc­tion has sur­passed one mil­lion units

Ital­ian writer and jour­nal­ist Gior­gio Bet­tinelli has trav­elled over 250,000km on a Vespa, with his long­est sin­gle trip be­ing from Chile to Tas­ma­nia, a dis­tance of over 86,400 miles

In 1980, two Ves­pas reached the fin­ish line of the sec­ond Paris-dakar rally

In 1952, French­man Ge­orges Mon­neret built an am­phibi­ous Vespa and suc­cess­fully crossed the English Chan­nel

Pi­ag­gio built a pro­to­type Vespa for rac­ing in 1951 that went on to set a world record for the fly­ing km at 171.10kph (106mph)

With over 40 na­tional Vespa clubs all linked to­gether un­der the Vespa World Club ban­ner, there are now over 60,000 mem­bers, mak­ing it one of the big­gest two-wheeler own­ers clubs in the world

Charl­ton He­ston zips around the Ben Hur set

Ni­cole Kid­man pops off to the shops

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