Thursday, October 19, 2006

GM is to car as Vespa to scooter?

Wrong! It turns out that Piaggio, the makers of the massively popular Vespa line of scooters, once made a car, a tiny microcar to be exact. The Vespa 400 (circa 1957-1960). And "micro" is almost an exaggeration; we're talking a 392cc engine (most motorcycles have larger engines; even Piaggo make some scooters these days that are 500cc), rear wheel drive convertible. And if you happen to live near Toronto, one is available for purchase right now! These are extremely rare, and those still around rarely go for sale.

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