Vespa Model History
From the very first 98cc model in 1946 to the
2003 Granturismo and the Vespa S in 2007, Piaggio has produced over 144 models,
versions and variants of the Vespa (marked by different chassis codes): 144
models that trace the technical evolution of the world's most famous scooter.
By the time the Vespa ET4 was launched in 1996, over 20,000 modifications had
been made to the original 1946 product and over 1,500 parts replaced.
It is difficult to pick out the most representative Vespas in an evolution that
has lasted over 60+ years. Some Vespas are sought after by collectors because
they belong to a special series, or because they were rapidly replaced by
subsequent versions, and are highly priced in the period scooter market, which
is extremely active all over the world.
Others, which were produced in greater numbers or stayed on the market longer,
are classic scooter models that have left their mark in the history of
There is no lack of authentic technical records in the Vespa's history, each of
which renews the tradition of innovation that has marked the evolution of the
world's best selling motor scooter.
here for a brief model history.