Venetian artist Luca Moretto prepared this special 1967 Vespa 50 N dubbed ‘Vespa Venice’ for last year’s 54th edition of the Venice Biennale.
Now this Vespa will be displayed at the Piaggio Museum at Pontedera from July 2012 until the end of 2013, next to Vespas done by artists like Salvator Dalì and Ugo Nespolo,
Video of the making of the Vespa Venice after the jump.
Since the birth of the very first model - patented in 1946 by the legendary Corradino D’Ascanio - the mother of all Italian scooters has been fascinating plenty of fans the world over with his unique style and the reliability of its engine. These key features allowed the Vespa to become the most popular and well-known scoot around the world, always up-to-date with grit and elegance. Over the years the model has taken different shapes and sizes, but it always remained somewhat loyal to its signature, original design, with the classic rear-mounted engine, large front shield and big under-seat bellies.
For the summer of 2012, Piaggio has developed two new versions of the Vespa, with a brand new engine developed by Piaggio’s own Research and Development Center: meet the Vespa LX 3V and the Vespa S 3V, both of which will be powered by a new 4-stroke engine with 3-valve distribution that will provide for outstanding performance and low fuel consumption. The Italian claims a fuel consumption of 55 km/l at 50 km/h, which means a staggering 30% less than the already quite sober engines of the previous generation. The interval between services has also gone up, and is now extended to 10,000 km.
The new range will be available in 5 different colors, and will be produced in the LX “Touring” and S “Sport” variants. The presentation of the model for the media took place a few days ago in Rome, where these exlusive pictures were taken by our mates from twin-site Motoblog.it.
From Morciano in Romagna to this year’s Silverstone GP, is the trip that fifteen intrepid Vespa riders from the Morciano Vespa Club, and friends of the late Marco Simoncelli will be taking to pay tribute to the much missed #58 and dubbed ‘Road to London for Sic.’
Paolo Simoncelli has given these riders, a special AGV Simoncelli replica helmet created by Davide Degli Innocenti - Drudi Perfomance designer - and a special hoodie designed by Aldo Drudi himself to celebrate the initiative and a picture of #58 to take with them and ll three items will delivered to Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and then auctioned during Riders for Health’s Day of Champions on Thursday June 14th, with part of the proceeds also going the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.
Riding vintage Vespas, the trip that starts June 8th from Morciano and will take a week and include six stops, before covering the entire 1958km that separates Morciano from Silverstone circuit. We can only repeat what these fifteen riders will yell when the arrive at the English circuit, DIOBO’ CHE BELLO!
You can follow the initiative on the RoadToLondonfor Sic Facebook page.
Scooter marques Vespa and Lambretta have been virtually tied together for over a half a century and so has the marketing rivalry between two iconic Italian scooters, and playing on this rivalry is this latest commercial that an ad agency for Lambretta has come up with and it will put a smile on your face, unless of course you’re a super fan of the Vespa scooter.
Source | motorbiker.org
Quarantasei means ‘46′ in Italian, but Valentino Rossi has nothing to do with it. Vespa Quarantasei is named after the year 1946, when the first ever prototype of the world-famous Italian scooter - called MP6 - was made. Just to prove that the style and design of that very first model are simply timeless, Vespa pays homage with this one-off that looks old school and futuristic at the same time. It is certainly one of the most interesting exercises in style at the EICMA this year.
It comes with either a 125cc or a 150cc single-cylinder 3-valves air cooled engine with electronic fuel injection. The former produces 11.7 hp at 8,250 rpm with peak torque of 10.3 Nm at 7.000 rpm, whereas the latter has an output of 13 hp at 8,000 rpm and 12.6 Nm from 6.500 rpm.
View the full Vespa Quarantasei photo gallery
One of Motoblog’s readers sent these wonderful pics of Vespa rocking horse created for his grandson Diego. This spetacular piece of handicraft is made out of fiberglass, metal and imitation leather, and re-creates the Vespa right down to the Vespa and Piaggio logos and has a personalized vanity plate.
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