Our Vespa & Lambretta
brilliant idea, two Italian factories which carried out its
realisation while reconverting the production in the immediate
post-war period. Origin of two myths. Exported into 120 different
countries, and today celebrated all around the globe.
has in its collection eight elements of both labels from the years
between 1953 and 1963, in excellent conditions.
vehicles pride themselves with extraordinary testimonials in movie
history: the Vespa with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in the
unforgettable “Roman Holiday”, the Lambretta with Gina Lollobrigida
and Rock Hudson in the less known “Come September”.
the Vespa, a captivating style icon, or the Lambretta, a challenging
masterpiece of technique and efficiency: both of them represented
for the young generation of the 1950ies and 1960ies an aesthetic
ideal and an emblem of progress and growth.
introduced the first Vespa in 1946, drawn by the necessity to reuse
warplane wheels on their stock. Corradino D’Ascanio was entrusted
with the project.
one year later, in 1947, the company
launched their first Lambretta – named after the town Lambrate and
the Lambro river near the factory. Also they were motivated to clean
up storage halls, in this case, full of pipes that had been used for
artillery segments, involving Pierluigi Torre for engineering. The
Lambretta production ceased in 1971.
another curious fact that both stories have in common: Corradino
D’Ascanio (Vespa) was a Flight Engineer and Pierluigi Torre (Lambretta)
worked as an engineer in the corps of the Aeronautic Experimental
due to this fact both scooters were said to have “wings”.