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What the Cosa?

October 4, 2012
Vespa Cosa

Vespa Cosa (Image via Wikipedia)

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. Favicon

  1. October 5, 2012 11:36 am

    The Cosa is probably the most disastrous design from Pontedera. The “ugly duck series”. And the “CBS” brake system is a nightmare, it´s simply not reliable. Most Cosa owners switch for a traditional system.

    It´s a nice Vespa for those who like strange scooters…


  2. October 5, 2012 4:59 pm

    Thanks Vasco, that’s good to know. At the moment I would welcome a project, but I have no garage, and no money for such things. Isn’t that always the case?

  3. October 6, 2012 10:02 am

    I picked up my Cosa a few years back (one of the few that made it to the US), and I gotta say, I love it! Ugly as sin, yes, but it handles beautifully…

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