3 How dif­fer­ent are mod­ern Ves­pas to clas­sics?

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The big­gest change in mod­ern Ves­pas is that they all use fourstroke en­gines now so the clas­sic sound and smell has been lost. Engine ca­pac­ity has also grown in many mod­ern mod­els (at 300cc, the lat­est GTS is twice the size of the 1960 GT150 we tested – see page 26) and it goes with­out say­ing that mod­ern brakes and sus­pen­sion com­po­nents are far su­pe­rior to those used in the early years. The lat­est GTS even has ABS! But the one con­stant is the styling – mod­ern Ves­pas re­tain a re­spect for their her­itage and all bear a fam­ily re­sem­blance that’s to­tally dis­tinct to the brand.

It’s all down to for­mer aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer Cor­radino D’as­canio who found mo­tor­cy­cles dirty, un­com­fort­able and bulky. He also found it hard to change wheels on them af­ter a punc­ture. He solved all of these prob­lems with his de­sign for Vespa, us­ing di­rect mesh to negate the need for a chain, en­closed body­work to keep rid­ers away from work­ing parts (as well as pro­vid­ing weather pro­tec­tion), and even de­sign­ing a sup­port­ing arm in­stead of front forks to make wheel changes eas­ier.

With­out this man there’d have been no Vespa

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