Saturday, July 2, 2011

Vespa 50 Special - 1973

Sold in the years of maximum protest against society, from 1969, the Vespa 50 Special was proposed to the new generation with stylish changes to the handlebar as well as to the front and rear lights, suggesting colour contrasts which give it a “pleasantly modern” aspect, as a brochure of those years said.

The same year sees the launch of the Vespa 50 Elestart too, featuring the same design as the 50 Special, but with an innovative technical solution: the electric start. From 1969 to 1973 one of the most famous Piaggio advertising campaign with the pay-off “Chi Vespa mangia le mele” accompanies the Vespa 50 Special’s success.


2-stroke engine

Bore: 38.4 mm - Stroke: 43 mm - Displacement: 49.77 cc

Top speed: 40 km /h

Suspension: coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber on both wheels

Brakes: drums

Tyres: 2.75-9”

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