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History of Vespa

Post World War II Italy was a dour place—and one which, in light of its agreement to cessation of war activities with The Allies, meant that its post-war aircraft industry was severely restricted in both capability and capacity.

Piaggio emerged from the conflict with its Pontedera fighter plane plant completely 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. The idea was to design a cheap vehicle for the masses.

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