Piaggio was founded in 1884 by the industrialist Rinaldo Piaggio for equipping luxury ships, producing trams, wagons, etc. During the two world wars, the company had to convert into a specialy dedicated industry. In four factories, of which the main was in Pontedera, Piaggio produced top aircraft and components for them during that time. The most famous Piaggio aircraft from the Second World War is the four-engine heavy bomber P108, which brought many technical innovations and modern solutions at that time. Today, Piaggio is one of the oldest aircraft manufacturers in the world that still operates in this field. If you want a luxury private jet, and you are willing to pay almost 8,000,000 EUR, you can be the owner of the Piaggio P180 Avanti EVO.
Enrico is Rinaldo’s son who, after his father’s death, inherited the legacy with his brother Armando in the most difficult time at the beginning of the Second World War. As Italy was in alliance with the Nazis, it suffered enormous destruction of the economy and traffic infrastructure as a result of the Allied bombing. Piaggio factories were one of the primary targets because of the production of aircraft for the needs of the Italian army.
After the capitulation in 1946, the brothers Enrico and Armando fell from the most modern factories to the ground with a pile of rubble. Enrico set about restarting and rebuilding the Pontedera factory, at least of what was left and what could be put back into use. Due to the complex production processes in the aviation industry, there was no talk of re-production of aircraft, it is necessary to choose a new path and the future of the factory. Enrico had a vision – to put Italy back on wheels.
The Italian car industry was destroyed as well as the traffic infrastructure. Available resources and lack of roads have limited car production in many ways. As a simple, economical vehicle was needed out of necessity, Enrico had a plan to produce a small scooter modeled on the American Cushman that was ejected from the plane along with the paratroopers, which they used to bypass the German lines of defense.
As early as 1944, a prototype MP5 scooter (Moto Piaggio no.5) was introduced. Engineers Renzo Spolti and Vittorio Casini designed the motorcycle with a completely enclosed body with a large front protection against water and wind splashes, steering wheel controls and small wheels. The prototype was nicknamed Paperino, which literally means Donald Duck in Italian. Thus, in addition to motorcycles, a new class was created, the scooter.
When the prototype was presented to Enrico, he was pleased with the concept. However, since we are talking about Italians, it was not esthetically accepted because of the characteristic tunnel in the middle that hid the mechanics and served as the basis. The project then had to return to the table and paper for redesign, for which Enrico had the right man, „father of Vespa“.
Mr. Ascanio was an aeronautical engineer by profession. He had a great passion for flying. He is the owner of many patents in aviation industry and among others he absolved and perfected the control mechanisms for helicopter prototypes. In 1930, he constructed the experimental helicopter D’AT3, which successfully performed a test flight. However, further development was halted in favor of standard aircraft due to the recession and war tensions, and Ascanio found work at the Piaggio factory. There, due to his achievements in the development of fast variable propellers, he was promoted to general of the Italian aviation. Hence the business relationship between Ascanio and Enrico lead to a redesign of the scooter project. Ascanio accepted that because he had previously collaborated with Innocenti on Lambretta, so such a job was not strange to him.
The new prototype developed by Ascanio with designer Mario D’Este had nothing to do with the previous one. It was a completely new design in the world of motorcycles. This is the forerunner of the story we want to tell, and what was then totally new in the world of motorcycles, today is called ( already mentioned ) a scooter.
Considering the huge popularity of these motorcycles and the recognizability of the design, Piaggio decided to introduce scooters under the other production brands. Here it stands out and is now becoming a classic, a line of scooters called Beverly. Preserving a distinctive look on the one hand, and using advanced technology on the other, the Beverly 300 i.e combines the comfort of a scooter, the safety of state-of-the-art technology and, now, a modern classic design, into a harmonious whole. This motorcycle has a really special style. A motorcycle suitable for cruising in the summer sun, fighting through heavy city traffic and even for a weekend trip on the open road. The Beverly has quite enough and consistent power to overtake most four-wheelers in traffic. Almost everything on this motorcycle contains a touch of Italian style, while the delicious use of chrome by the manufacturer takes us back to the original philosophy of Piaggio. One detail is worth mentioning, and those are the footpegs for pillion that are a real little work of art, both in terms of rational use and in terms of appearance. What sets the Beverly 300 i.e apart from all other scooters in any case is the power, power range and speed that it achieves in very short periods, which emphasizes one of the features we have already mentioned in the text, and that is exceptional mobility and resourcefulness in increasingly frequent city traffic congestion.
Considering everything it offers in terms of the quality of the engine, the built-in components, it seems that the quality / price ratio is more than superior.
So at the end of the story we present to you the Piaggio Beverly 300 i.e. Manufactured in 2014.. Through pictures and specifications, enjoy the offered model.
|Model||Piaggio Beverly 300 i.e|
|Engine type||Single cylinder, four-stroke|
|Power||16 kW / 22 HP|
|Top speed||130 km/h|
|Bore x stroke||75 x 63 mm|
|Transmission type, final drive||Belt|
|Front brakes||Single disc|
|Rear brakes||Single disc|
|Weight incl. oil, gas, etc.||183 kg|