Vespa, Italy's legendary scooter manufacturer, might just be the boot-shaped country's most significant, transport-focused cultural export. With respect to Ferrari, it's the diminutive and funky scooter manufacturer that put Italy back on wheels after World War II, with its line of user-friendly miniature motorcycles. Even today, Rome, Milan, and Turin are filled with Vespas, while the tiny scooters can be found in major cities all over the world.

Devour has posted a video that was put together by Nomoon, befitting of the brand's off-beat heritage that recaps Vespa's 70-year history. In a simple, animated style, Vespalogy shows a number of models that have defined the brand, from the original Paperino (shown above) to the Vespa 150 TAP, a model with an anti-tank gun used by the French military. Even the Vespa 400, a car designed by the brand's parent company, Piaggio, and built in France by ACMA, gets a shoutout.

If you're a fan of affordable, fun-to-ride transportation, take a look below for the full video.


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      maxdamage
      • 2 Years Ago
      the article is wrong. Vespa isn't a manufacturer. Piaggio is the manufaturer of Vespa and with it other models of machines. But maybe in some countries Vespa is commercialized as a brand. The "Paperino" was designed in 1944 and not in 43.
      fox12ga
      • 2 Years Ago
      My only experience with a Vespa was a short drive along a river bank in my home town when I was about 17 Vespa's don't float
        YDandChico
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fox12ga
        I sank mine in a hole full of water when I was jumping piles of dirt. You are correct, they don't float. Took my Dad a month to fix it.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fox12ga
        HILARIOUS!
        nearprairie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fox12ga
        That's the best laugh I'll have today.
      CoolWaters
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pictures would have been better.
      Kent Kangley
      • 2 Years Ago
      To cash in on the recent auto rivalry movies that are soon going to be out, like Rush and Snake and Mongoose, there needs to be a movie about the rivalry between Vespa and Lambretta. Mustang vs. Camaro? WRX vs. Evo? Kids playing in a sandbox compared to the all-out war between Vespa and Lambretta owners.
      adriannaheels
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the music
      • 2 Years Ago
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      rafse5
      • 2 Years Ago
      You have to love the Vespa with the recoilless rifle attached. Not that Vespas have ever had trouble with traffic, but that would get you through rush hour with no problems. Or is it just a transporter for a bazooka?
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even Harley-Davidson tried manufacturing motor-scooters. The 1961 H-D 'Topper' , bore a striking resemblance to the 1943 Piaggio Vespa !
      sassydahl
      • 2 Years Ago
      My husband\'s first vichicle was Vespa when he was 15 years old in the 60\'s--He sure had a lot of fun with it--the only motor cycle he ever owned.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the retro design, but I hate the stinky black smoke they spew. I think they would make for a nice EV conversion - on my todo list if I ever get laid off.
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      Featured in "Roman Holiday" with Gregory Peck & Sophia Loren.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think these things are really cool to have in places like Manhattan, LA, Miami, etc ...
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