An exquisitely social appliance
I ran across this wonderful documentary film. It’s a concise history of the Italian motor scooter, with some great film clips. Like one where Corradino d’Ascanio shows how he came up with the design for the original Vespa.
There are also lots of fascinating facts—did you know the engine in the 1946 Vespa 98 was originally a starter motor for engines in Piaggio airplanes?
The clip above is part one of three (YouTube has a 10-minute limit); don’t miss the other two. The complete package looks like an episode of a British TV series, apparently from sometime in the late ’80s or early ’90s (?). Or some other time when the motor scooter was thought to be fading away.
We all know better, don’t we?