Vespa is an Italian brand of scooter manufactured by Piaggio. The name means wasp in Italian.
The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy—to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio—now Europe's largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles and the world's fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer by unit sales.
From their inception, Vespa scooters have been known for their painted, pressed steel unibody which combines a complete cowling for the engine (enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease), a flat floorboard (providing foot protection), and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection) into a structural unit.
Post World War II Italy, in light of its agreement to cessation of war activities with the Allies, had its aircraft industry severely restricted in both capability and capacity.
Piaggio emerged from the conflict with its Pontedera fighter plane plant demolished by bombing. Italy's crippled economy and the disastrous state of the roads did not assist in the re-development of the automobile markets. Enrico Piaggio, the son of Piaggio's founder Rinaldo Piaggio, decided to leave the aeronautical field in order to address Italy's urgent need for a modern and affordable mode of transportation for the masses.
The inspiration for the design of the Vespa dates back to Pre-WWII Cushman scooters made in Nebraska, USA. These olive green scooters were in Italy in large numbers, ordered originally by Washington as field transport for the Paratroops and Marines. The US military had used them to get around German defense tactics of destroying roads and bridges in the Dolomites (a section of the Alps) and the Austrian border areas.
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jemaflor (103685) 2017-04-20 23:40
Well seen and composed your photo taken in Madrid with a touch of italian way of life, good presentation, tfs.
emka (107819) 2017-04-20 23:43
Hello Daniel, I find the views of Vespa always heartwarming. Cute picture.
Kind regrad s Malgo
Fis2 (107486) 2017-04-21 0:33
Curious fragment of street.
Interesting fragment of building.
Scooter add flavor to this composition.
ikeharel (79229) 2017-04-21 1:01
Indeed Daniel, this could very well be a sight throughout Italia, maybe with milder colors of teh wooden window. I think never seen this type of brown wood in Italia.
The blue scooter is Italian.
Nicely spotted and combined objects.
Have a nice friday,
lousat (98351) 2017-04-21 1:42
Hi Daniel,vespa is everywhere,one of the most successfull products of italian industry and it's nice to see one in Madrid too,a perfect bonus in this lovely composition very sharp and bright as usual,i like it! Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano
snunney (107513) 2017-04-21 2:10
A very interesting note to accompany this agreeable composition. I like the oblique point of view and the placement of the scooter. The blue paintwork makes a lovely contrast with neutral tones of the background walls.
GyurMaster (7641) 2017-04-21 2:21
I almost wrote that this could be the most Italian scene ever, but your note interprets it otherwise.
Nicou (152096) 2017-04-21 2:38
quel Vespa bleue en premier plan quelle compo et vue sueprbe quelle porte de bois et entrée cette lampe ces balcons sueprbe ensemble et vue.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (160975) 2017-04-21 4:43
Congratulations, 2000 picture on TE is very much.
You chose a very nice angle with the view oblique on the facade.
The scooter is a nice addition..
Colours and sharpness are very nice to look at.
Very well composition, nice presentation. TFS.
Silvio1953 (154173) 2017-04-21 5:09
Ciao Daniel, lovely composition with an Italian simbolo, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Sergiom (89279) 2017-04-21 7:15
J'aime beaucoup le titre. Il convient parfaitement à cette composition. J'aime le cadrage vertical même si il n'y a rien d'intéressant au niveau supérieur.
clic (18552) 2017-04-21 8:18
Hello Daniel Your elaborated note about the 'wasp' is quite informative! I appreciate the straightened vertical lines on either side of your cropping as well as the nice visual balance provided by the street light drawing an imaginary diagonal reaching the 'Italian'! Lovely street scenery. Cheers.
rychem (43394) 2017-04-21 8:28
Thats right, it is the favorite vehicle of Italian people, but in Spain I have also seen these Vespas, very well captured
dale54 (9132) 2017-04-21 10:09
daniel hello..great to see this scooter in FG..with this very intersting looking building in the BG!nice and colorful too! tfs..dale
Periko (6398) 2017-04-21 11:35
Great display of colors and beautiful details.
The scooter is an interesting subject.
carlo62 (55776) 2017-04-21 15:02
questo modello è proprio vecchio....
Io ho una Vespa del 1964 in ottime condizioni, peccato che non la uso da molto tempo.
Ottima foto, hai isolato molto bene la Vespa e questa facciata.
Cricri (126778) 2017-04-22 6:46
Un air d'Italie avec la Vespa bien cadrer dans l'image offrant une vue intéressante de la façade, belle composition
abmdsudi (58292) 2017-04-22 7:36
A typical Italian machine superbly fitted with charm and character spill the screen so vividly in great colours that takes this Vespa to the 60s! with olde-worlde and timeless feel to it....
Superb observation and captured, Congrats
adramad (49992) 2017-04-22 8:38
A splendid composition, with the typical façade of the old houses of Madrid, this blue Vespa in the foreground, gives a beautiful chromatic touch.
Good lighting and excellent clarity.
Well done. I love.
Enjoy the weekend.
Very best regards.
Tue (43922) 2017-04-24 2:07
A very appealing daily life photo. The architecture of the facade is most charming and the Vespa is very well included in the foreground. Its blue colour stands out against the background. Well spotted!