Italian industrial designer Giulio Iacchetti gives a nod to the original 1946 Vespa with his concept for a sleek, minimalist electric bike. The beloved Italian scooter is reimagined as the Vespampère, with Iacchetti linking past and present for a forward-thinking vehicle designed for better riding in urban environments.
Over the years, the Vespa has become increasingly bulky, but Iacchetti’s proposed electric motor allows him to remove lateral side panels for a slimmed-down version. This brings his concept back to the days when the Vespa graced the screen during the Golden Age of Italian Neorealist cinema. Yet, while cultivating this nostalgia, Iacchetti doesn’t lose sight of new technology.
A built-in smartphone holder recharges your phone while keeping it protected from the rain. And the speedometer, fuel gauge, and lights are accessed through a wireless app. At the same time, the designer maintains classic elements like the front circular headlight and cleverly integrates turn signals into the rear-view mirrors. Overall, Iacchetti has put an interesting twist on the Vespa, a classically Italian scooter born from the necessity for affordable transportation in post-World War II Italy.
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Inspired by the legacy of Vespa scooters, see how a Spanish studio handcrafts this inspiration from an old Vespa part turned into modern furniture, the Vespa chair or scooter chair as they call it. Wouldn’t it be great to create a Vespa chair here in the country? Danocars Trading would be happy to sell it for you.
The sleek build of Vespa scooters have been redesigned to remain stationary, dissected and rebuilt as office furniture. Fit for an Italian motorist, the Scooter Chair, is handmade by Spanish studio Bel & Bel in a numbered series with a large variety of color combinations to choose for your office or home. Although it may appear like a normal swivel chair from the front, when turned around you can see how the curves of the vintage Vespa parts match that of the faux leather chair to create a sleek and ergonomic design.
To further imitate their design inspiration, each chair also comes with functioning taillights. More than 200 of these up-cycled pieces have been sold around the world, and because each and every chair is built by hand, they are all certifiably unique. To understand the process of making one of Bel & Bel’s chairs, visit their blog. (My Modern Met)
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By Ian Rebello |Hiconsumption
Scooters have become a lot cooler these days than they used to be, and with offerings like this Wooden Vespa by Carlos Alberto individuals are beginning to use the 2 wheeler as a way to express their inner creativity.
Designed for his daughter Daniella – hence ” VESPA DANIELLA”, which is exactly what this beautiful scooter is called, Carlos Alberto crafted this fully functional Vespa scooter from laminated hardwood. Packed with a 50cc motor, this thing looks like it’s right out of the 60s. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen people getting creative with their Vespas either. Last year we featured the Star Wars R2-D2 Vespa, which instantly became a fan favorite.
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Please read Original Article titled The “Bazooka Vespa”: The scooter that could destroy tanks | By Nicola Simonovski
The Vespa TAP model remain as known as the most dangerous scooter ever made. Ordered by the French military in 1950’s, Vespa TAP 150 was produced by ACMA, the licensed French manufacturer of Vespa models. The model was first introduced in 1956 and enhanced in 1959. The TAP 150 was planned to be used in the Indochine and Algerian conflicts by the Troupes Aéro Portées (TAP), hence the name of the model. Three companies entered the competition: Valmobile 100, the Bernardet 250 and the modified Vespa. The Vespa won, so approximately 500 pieces of this model were assembled by ACMA.
The Vespa TAP 150 had a reinforced frame, a 146 cm³ single cylinder, two-stroke engine and could develop a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour. The TAP was equipped with an M20, a light anti-armour cannon, which could penetrate an armor with 100 mm thickness, thanks to the HEAT warhead attached to it. The Vespa was supposed to serve only as a transport method for the cannon, although it was possible to fire the gun while mounted on the scooter.
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