If you've never laid eyes on a Vespa ACMA, allow us to introduce you. Manufactured for use in World War II, the scooter came equipped with a small cannon designed to launch rocket-propelled grenades.

Soldiers found an advantageous firing position, deployed stabilizers, plucked a grenade from a stylish wicker basket and fired upon the enemy, which, we should point out, was probably rolling happily along in a tank. Vespa ACMA, thy name is David. For obvious reasons, ACMA examples are plenty scarce. You can still find them, though, and if you want one to call your very own, we have good news for you.

The ACMA-obsessed crew over at Hemmings found an original example stored at a Messina military camp for the past 30 years. While the cannon has been deactivated, the rest of the Acma is in original and complete condition right down to the khaki green paint. If you like what you see, you'd better get your check book ready. This particular version is up for auction with an estimated final bid of $16,000 to $20,000. Head over to the COYS auction site for more information.


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      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      Virtually every line in this article is incorrect. These Vespas were not made till the 1950's. That is after WWII. It is a recoiless rifle, not a cannon, and not a rocket propelled grenade. ACMA is just a licensee of Vespa, not a cannon-model designation for Vespas. The rifle is not stabilized and fired from the Vespa. The Vespa is for transport only.
      Jean Paul Carpenter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I take it Zach Bowman passed Journalism with a D average - This article makes me laugh and challenge the credibility of all his posts now.
        carnut0913
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jean Paul Carpenter
        He sure as heck failed math (1959 > 1937-1945) and history 1959 was post WWII.
        carnut0913
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jean Paul Carpenter
        The only post I was impressed with was his story about his truck. The rest, lackluster and mediocre at best. He either is terribly lazy, no love for the work, or is incredibly ignorant. I think he is just not adept at this environment.
      LBJ's Love Child
      • 2 Years Ago
      Post WWII. That's a recoilless rifle, not a cannon.
      Alistair
      • 2 Years Ago
      by 1959, the world war II has ended for 14 years... this kind of vespa actually used by French in Algerian War. The M20 75mm recoilles rifle is only effective against light armour, in the other words, not vs tanks.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Mr.Roadrage
      • 2 Years Ago
      It could hardly have been used in WWII, since the first Vespas weren't made until 1946. This looks like a Vespa 150 TAP, used by the French in Algeria during ACMA was a French company thet made Vespas on license. The regular civilian models are also known as Vespa ACMAs.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mr.Roadrage
        Let me try that again: It could hardly have been used in WWII, since the first Vespas weren't made until 1946. This looks like a Vespa 150 TAP, used by the French in Algeria. ACMA was a French company thet made Vespas on license. The regular civilian models are also known as Vespa ACMAs.
      StegRacing@youtube
      • 2 Years Ago
      Extremely bad research, but an awesome thing nonetheless. Just look at that thing! There'd be **** stains on footpath's everywhere you rode!
      BrunoT
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks to be a recoiless rifle, not a cannon. And it was probably used for transport only, not as a firing platform. The "stabilizer" seen on front is merely the usual tripod mount for the weapon, which sits atop the tripod. Aiming accurately would seem impossible with it mounted on the scooter. But nice try.
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ctrl C then Ctrl V. No reading or thinking needed. http://www.coys.co.uk/auction.php?itemID=1683&auctionID=23
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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I call BS. A Vespa ACMA is just a scooter...the ACMA has nothing to do with the recoilless rifle mounted on this particular POS. May FOOL!
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next week they will find GI Joe's motorcycle with the Gatling-gun sidecar.
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