Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Vintage Wednesday #38
This week for Vintage Wednesday I wanted to share something I've been wanting for forever - a Vespa! I've been dreaming of getting a Vespa (or similar scooter...Lambretta, Stella...) for nearly 10 years now! Jon doesn't want me to get one though, as he thinks they are too dangerous. Currently I'm trying my hardest to get him to change his mind! So far I've gotten him to agree that I can get one on my 150th birthday, but just in case I don't live that long I need to convince him to let me get one in the near future. I'm thinking either a mint green one or a baby blue.
So far here are my main arguments:
1) Cheaper than a car
2) Good for the environment
3) Fuel Efficient
4) Perfect for city life
5) Faster than a bike
6) Really f***ing awesome
7) Vintage appeal
Comment below if you have any more pros to add!
When I was in Rome I had the chance to rent a Vespa, but my roommate backed out on me!
Since its inception in the 40s to the modern day Vespas have become synonymous with Italian manufacturing. The Vespa ("wasp" in Italian) was first manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy. When the Vespa first came out there was some skepticism about wether or not it would be successful. By 1947 all doubts of failure were extinguished as the Vespa became a huge seller. By 1953 there were over 50,000 Vespa club members! In the 60s the Vespa found a new market in England when the Vespa became the vehicle of choice for the mods who would hold Vespa rallies. Today Italy remains the Vespas largest market, however there has been a huge rise in US and Canadian sales over the past few years.
Although Vespas have appeared in hundreds of movies over the years the most classic is probably Roman Holiday (1953) starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. If you haven't seen this movie I'd highly recommend it - it's one of my favorites! This film made me fall on love with Rome even more - if that's possible! The Vespa scene is so much fun!
Here's the trailer for Roman Holiday!
Fun Scooter videos that I found on youtube:
I hope you've enjoyed this week's edition of Vintage Wednesday! There won't be an update next week as I'll be on vacation in the Upper Peninsula!
*All images were found using a google search.