With the company's experience in aircraft design and manufacture, the pressed monocoque chassis and trailing link front suspension became a trademark which continues even with today's models.
The P series Vespa have added numerous achievements to their name over the years and many people have accomplished great feats, and undertaken many adventures upon these small but strong machines.
One of the mightiest accomplishments for
the PX, was in the 1980 (second) Paris-Dakar Rally. In a team put
together by Jean-François Piot, with assistance from four time Le Mans
24 Hours winner Henri Pescarolo, two Vespa PX200's (of the 5 that
started) ridden by M. Simonot and B. Tcherniawsky crossed the finish
Another accomplishment for the PX
Vespa, and arguably the greatest is that of Giorgio Bettinelli and his
travels around the world. Giorgio's numerous travels over the years such
as Rome to Saigon, or Terra del Fuigo to Tasmania, combined have taken
him approximately 144,000 kilometres, effectively around the world 6
times. Giorgio has documented his travels in the book
Vespa - Da Roma a Saigon' which unfortunately is only available in
While we cannot match Georgio for distance, we're certain Australia will provide conditions as challenging if not more so than anywhere in the world that a PX series Vespa has gone before.
For more detailed information on the history of Vespa Scooters, please visit motorscooter.com.au