VESPA RALLY 200 – B RI E F OVER­VIEW

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Re­garded by many as both the finest and fastest Pi­ag­gio pro­duc­tion scooter, the Rally 200 was the last of the clas­sic large frame mod­els be­fore the New Line P range.

Fol­low­ing on from the Rally 180, the 200 model in­tro­duced elec­tronic ig­ni­tion on Ves­pas. Ini­tially this was man­u­fac­tured by Fem­satronic, though dur­ing the fi­nal year of pro­duc­tion this set-up was re­placed by a Du­cati Elec­tronic sys­tem. This was the first in­car­na­tion of the Elec­tronic sys­tem used on P200E mod­els.

Go-faster stripes, cor­rectly named Sidewinder Stripes, made their ap­pear­ance on the Rally 200 side pan­els, an­other Vespa first. One well known is­sue with the Vespa Rally 200 mod­els is the ten­dency for the mono­coque frame to rust heav­ily.

In the early to mid-70s many ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers were aim­ing to lower the costs in­curred to make their prod­ucts. Lower grade steel com­bined with a thin­ner gauge was one of the many ways tried in the drive to save money. A re­duc­tion in the num­ber of un­der-floor sup­port struts was also a fea­ture of the Rally, jus­ti­fied in sales brochures as weight sav­ing. A to­tal of 41,275 Rally 200 mod­els were man­u­fac­tured from 1972 un­til the P Range was launched. While it’s a sought-af­ter scooter in all in­car­na­tions, it’s the late Rally 200 model with the Du­cati electrics that is cov­eted most by con­nois­seurs.

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