Vespa Scooters-a short history.
Some old designs look dated in this modern age of ours whilst others acquire "classic" status, Vespa is one of those classic designs that looks as good today as it did all those years ago.
Trying to find Vespa scooters for sale is not as easy as say looking for a Yamaha or Toyota but there is a world of difference between a Vespa scooter and a Japanese one.
Prices for a new Vespa are around the £ 3000 mark but the second hand market is also very active.
Brief History of Vespa
For the best part of 60 years, the Piaggio company have been producing the Vespa scooter which blends practicality, style and originality.
In 1884, a young Italian, by the name of Rinaldo Piaggio founded his company by the same name. Piaggio built a reputation on producing innovative developments in transportation. By the beginning of the First World War Piaggio were heavily involved in the production of airplanes abd by the Second World War Piaggio were producing state of the art aircraft. However, due to the factory's military importance the plant was completely destroyed by Allied bombers.
When Rinaldo's son, Enrico, took over the Piaggio company he decided to concentrate on the personal mobility problems that faced everyday Italians after the Second World War had destroyed much of the Italian road infrastructure.
He gave the task of solving this problem to to Corradino D'Ascanio, an aeronautical engineer. D'Ascanio did not hide his hatred of motorbikes and this prejudice helped to shape the creation of an alternative to the motorbike, something that wasn't as noisy or dirty and could be ridden by both men and women.........the Vespa scooter was born.
The Vespa's unique design enabled the engine to be hidden behind the hubs on the back wheel freeing the rider to sit elegantly at the front of the scooter. Italians, for whom style is everything, were able to dress smartly and STILL ride the Vespa scooter.
This site aims to be a one stop shop for everything connected to Vespa. If you're looking to buy Vespa scooters, then I hope you can find what you are looking for on these pages.
Top tips on searching for Vespa Scooters for Sale
Buying a used Vespa can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated and there are some basic principles that you should follow to help ensure you're not going to close a sale and end up buying a rust bucket that conks out on you as soon as you get it home !
Always take a long, critical look at the Vespa's bodywork. Are there are lines that seem off centre or warped. If the bodywork looks warped then it's usually a strong indication the scooter has been involved in an accident and it's advisable to walk awy from the purchase as you don't know what else is lurking beneath the surface.
A great tip to check for any bodywork repairs is to use a magnet. The magnet will stick to the metal bodywork of the Vespa but NOT to any area where a body filler has been used. It may seem daft but take a magnet with you when you go to inspect the Vespa.
Check for rust but not only on the obvious parts of the scooter but also underneath the frame. Creeping rust can be a real problem to control.
Don't forget to check for the iconic Vespa badges that should be on the scooter. If they're missing then the cost is on you to replace them.
The next step is to motor her up.
How does she sound on idle ? Does she idly smoothly or is the engine choking and spluttering ?
Check all lights.
Take one of the spark plugs out and check the colour. As a rule of thumb, a dark brown spark plug is indicative of the motor being well tuned.
Black indicates the engine is running rich whilst white indicate it is running lean.
Take her for a test drive.
What's the suspension like ? Does the scooter give you a bumpy ride ? Are tyhe brakes sharp or sprongey when applied ?
Hopefully, with a few well prepared questions and spot checks you should be safe in the knowledge that you're buying a safe and reliable Vespa.