What the Cosa?
As you might guess, I have a lot of Facebook friends with the first name “Vespa.” Yeah, clubs and businesses are supposed to create pages, not profiles, but whatever.
Anyway, the other day I ran across a pic of something that kinda looked like a P-series, but it wasn’t.
It was a Vespa Cosa.
The Vespa Cosa was introduced in 1988 and continued in production until 1995, succeeding the T5 and preceding the ET2/4. This, of course, was during the 2-decade absence of the Vespa brand in the U.S., so any you might see here arrived unofficially.
As you can see, it’s a somewhat more modern take on the P-series; it also boasted some interesting technical features. And underseat storage, though there may not have been a NO PETS label.
The most interesting of those features is a foot brake that acted on both wheels. You know, like most Honda scooters sold today. Those brakes were hydraulic. The front brake featured electronic anti-lock, and could also be operated via cable with a headset-mounted brake lever.
Engines were based on those fitted to earlier PX models, offered in 125, 150, and 200cc versions. The carburetor featured an automatic choke.
There’s a Spanish-language Wikipedia page with a bit more info. There are also Vespa Cosa forums and threads throughout the Interwebs; apparently the Cosa was popular in the U.K. and in South America.
All of a sudden, I want one. Just because.