During 68 years long career, Vespa has been produced in 13 countries and sold in about 20 million copies. Vespa story began as a cheap means of transport and time turned it into an icon of style.
After World War II, Italy lay in ruins. Most of the Italian industry worked for the army, and as the war ended, this market has virtually disappeared. Industrialist and aero engineer Enrico Piaggio had the idea of two-wheeled vehicle that supposed to be cheap and reliable. To create the first specimen of such a vehicle, the chosen one was Corradino D’Ascanio. When the prototype was completed, Piaggio was delighted. Due to design and the sound of its engine they named it Vespa, which means wasp in Italian.
After various tests and additional perfecting, Vespa has entered into production in 1946. Although the idea of a scooter was not new at the time, Vespa, thanks to its ingenious design, from the start managed to break away from the competition. Engine was hidden under the chassis reducing the possibility of soiling the driver with oil and dust. This way the “wasp” has become suitable and affordable for ladies also.
Popularity of the Vespa grew instantly and quickly outgrew the boundaries of Italy. Piaggio company began to export to many countries of Europe and the world. Its unique design and practicality were the winning combination. However, another factor significantly affected the popularity of the Vespa: Hollywood! Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn rode a Vespa in the film “Holiday in Rome” in 1953. Thousands of young people were willing to follow their example, just to ride and enjoy.
Although it has been more than seventy years since its inception, Vespa has survived. For all these years of service in cities from Los Angeles to Vladivostok, Vespa has gone through 20.000 mechanical changes, in 120 different models, that were sold in almost 20 million copies. Today it is one of the most popular scooters in the world, with an army of fans united in thousands of clubs worldwide.
With eternal traffic jams, Milano was elected as town where Vespa PX was presented for the first time, in distant 1977. With nuova linea in the name, it should clearly show the progress made compared to the previous models. With drum brakes, one cylinder engine and aluminum head, steel chassis, upgraded front suspension and improved stability, progress was shown also by technical specifications. This Vespa was distributed as P 125 x, P 200 E with electronic ignition, and since 1978 as P 150 X. There were also PX 80 from 1981 and later the PX 200 E which is just renamed from P 200 E.
Vespa that we have fully settled and restored, continued to tell our story bringing modern classics in the state after leaving the factory. We gave ourselves the right, that the color we used to be the first ever painted and give it the artistic name „light roman bronze with patina“. Everyone who had the opportunity to see our Vespa were delighted, and therefore the proudest one are we, who have given to the legendary „wasp“ our enthusiasm and harmony of colors that attracts glances wherever it occurs.
If we would make a poll and ask the question on which of the attached pictures You think of when You hear the word „Vespa“, we think that 90% of respondents would choose picture of „Vespa PX 200 E“. It is not without reason that it ( Vespa ) was a motive for various TV campaigns whose investors were: companies from FMCG environment, banks, insurance companies…..
Exactly this Vespa, by our opinion, makes this brand so special. With its lines, two-stroke sound, it allows teenager, businessman, craftsman, pensioner…..to feel special and different from all the others.
Lot of impressions are present and there is a lot to say/write, but we do not want to distract You with our jealous subjectivity…..instead, we present: Vespa PX 200 E. Produced in 1987. Through pictures and specifications, enjoy the offered model.
|Model||Piaggio Vespa PX 200 E|
|Engine type||Single cylinder, two-stroke|
|Power||8,8 kW / 12 HP|
|Top speed||105 km/h|
|Bore x stroke||66,5 x 57 mm|
|Transmission type, final drive||Direct drive|
|Front brakes||Drum brakes|
|Rear brakes||Drum brakes|
|Weight incl. oil, gas, etc.||117 kg|