Friday, June 10, 2011

Vespa 125 - 1951

Very similar to the 1948 model, the 1951 Vespa was more comfortable, especially because of the addition of a hydraulic shock absorber to the front wheel. The major difference was the gear change, with soft control cables replacing the earlier push-rod linkage. The fuel-oil mixture tap with its filter and key to open and lock the fuel reserve was particularly useful. From an aesthetical point of view, the rear lamp, round in the earlier models, was now rectangular; the saddle had a new colour and design – it was closed in front to hide the suspension movement. Very popular in those years, the 1951 model was the Vespa on which Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant made their romantic escapade in the unforgettable film Roman Holiday.


Two-stroke single cylinder engine

Bore: 56.5 mm - Stroke: 49.8 mm - Displacement: 124.789 cc

Top speed: 70 km/h

Suspension: elastic with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber on both wheels

Brakes: drums

Tyres: 3.50 - 8”


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