Vespa The story of the mythical vehicle that changed the world
The first Vespa was produced in 1946 and became an immediate success. This first model is still produced today on a large scale. Its eternal design is what made Vespa so popular around the world. Many models were produced with slight but noticeable differences. Engine sizes ranged from 50-200cc. The Vespa is designed and produced by Piaggio in Italy. Piaggio has participated in many more projects besides its famous scooter line.The company was a distinguished innovator in the field of transportation. Piaggio was founded in Genoa, Italy in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio, 20 years old. Started his business by docking in luxury ships. At the end of the century, Piaggio produced rail carriages, luxury buses, carriages for trucks, engines and trains.During World War I, the company entered new areas, participating in the production of airplanes and ships.In 1917 Piaggio decided to buy a new factory in Pisa. Four years later, the company continued to acquire a small factory located in Pontedera, in the region of Tuscany The new factory in Pontedera has become Piaggio's center for aeronautical production, producing propellers, engines and complete aircraft parts.With the start of World War II, Piaggio's Pontedera factory built the advanced four-engine “P 108” aircraft. This was available in the passenger and bomber version. However, later the factory was completely destroyed by Allied bombers due to the military importance of the plant.Rinaldo's son Enrico Piaggio took possession of the company after his father. He was concerned about the disastrous state of the roads and the Italian economy after World War II. With this, Enrico focused the company's objectives on the personal mobile needs of the Italian people.