Robert L. Peters

4 March 2012

Viva Vespa!

(riding back in time)

There’s something about Vespa that takes me back… recognized as the epitome of Italian design, manufactured in the tens of millions, and distributed to almost every corner of the earth, this iconic, curvaceous little scooter from the 1940s has carved out a niche meme for itself that has survived six decades of the “information age” in style.

I first rode a Vespa (Italian for “wasp”) during driver training and then tested on it for my German motorcycle license in 1972. Nowadays, it’s relatively easy to find fine collections of vintage Vespa images online (calendars were popular for half a century), such as here.

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