FORZA ITALIA

Unique Cars - - GARAGE GURUS -

You prob­a­bly know that the Vespa mo­tor-scooter was Italy’s an­swer to get­ting work­ing peo­ple on wheels af­ter WW2. But equally clever was the way the Vespa’s very early de­sign used mil­i­tary sur­plus gear (Pi­ag­gio had made air­craft dur­ing the war) to its ad­van­tage. The front wheel and sin­glesided sus­pen­sion, for in­stance, was ac­tu­ally a left-over land­ing wheel for a Pi­ag­gio fighter plane and the Vespa’s fran­tic lit­tle two-stroke mo­tor had orig­i­nally been the starter-mo­tor for a pis­ton plane en­gine. Bril­liant!

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