• Dec 16th 2006 at 5:53PM
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This scooter looks terribly exciting, till you learn that it needs Viagra. Sure, this Vespa Acma packs a badass barrel, but it was designed for transporting the cannons, not blasting other motorists. We wonder what the little 145cc engine would do when faced with the recoil, as well.

We'll admit that our French isn't what it once was, but the gist we took away from some research was that ACMA was a licensed assembler of Vespas in France and it was used by French Paratroopers in the late 1950s. The intimidation factor of puttering around on an "armed" Vespa would be fun. We're not sure how these looked on the battlefield though. We can't imagine that it'd be intimidating to see the troops roll in with olive drab Vespas. Even if they had a mortar barrel and shells on it, we think you'd surrender to laughter first. Apparently, though, these things were like the all-purpose little scooter that could. They even dropped them out of planes with parachutes. Still, it all smacks of something out of Monty Python to us, no matter how lethal. We also wonder if the riding posture is um, erect.

[Source: Hemmings]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      World War I cost France 1,357,800 dead, 4,266,000 wounded (of whom 1.5 million were permanently maimed) and 537,000 made prisoner or missing -- exactly 73% of the 8,410,000 men mobilized, according to William Shirer in The Collapse of the Third Republic. Some context: France had 40 million citizens at the start of the war; six in ten men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-eight died or were permanently maimed.

      And stopped the Kaisers' armies dead in their tracks. Not exactly what I would call a nation of cowards.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The rounds for the M20 RR are about 20 lbs. apiece. A backpack frame and some bungee cords, plus the round in the rifle, would give you three shots, enough for a quick blast-and-dash bunker busting.

      Alternately, a second, weaponless Vespa could easily carry half a dozen or so reloads. Then the second rider could act as loader for the first, speeding up firing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You forget, these belong to the French, therefore would only be used in a full retreat.
      • 8 Years Ago
      well congrats to the french they invented an anti-golfcart motorized scooter.....maybe theres one driving around with small machine guns on the handlebars, also look how thin the seat padding is things would get pretty hot real quick
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. Ignorance of the times is no excuse for dumb comments. The 75mm RR was useful and mounted on a Vespa makes sense and carrying ammo on a second one works too. As a guy that used the 57mm, 75mm, and 106mm Recoiless Rifles I figure this was a pretty good and inexpensive way to move the weapon around the battlefield.
      2. French military operate similar to the US, the civilian government runs policy and directs their forces to be either offensive, defensive, or absent. Damn the governments not the forces.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, I first thought it was a crazy guy who wanted to combine his potato cannon and vespa... talk about shitty engineering, I could've made that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @1: How would one carry the (relatively heavy) ammo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well you can tell the ladies you have a Cannon between your legs. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      First, no problem with parking because it being a small bike, but also have the canon helps. Someone cuts you off? Problem solved!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Note that it's leaking oil from the clutch cover onto the rear wheel. Vespas rule.
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