Piaggio sold millions of mopeds in Europe, but they also sold them here in the US, alongside their famous Vespa scooters. While the scooters were the sales leader in the US, in the 1970’s, Piaggio had a full suite of mopeds available with different levels of trim. In fact, they sold some of their mopeds in the US with trim and accessories that were not commonly available in Europe. This US market Vespa Ciao moped is a very good example of that. This is one of the “deluxe” US Ciaos. These had turn signals, a large tail light, and a battery with associated electrical components held in small boxes attached to the rear parcel tray. These also came with speedometers standard, which was not normally the practice in Europe. We had some fun with this particular moped. We took it apart, repainted it, polished the chrome parts, and generally just refurbished it from top to bottom. While we had the motor out, we rebuilt it with performance components. This moped really flys! This is a fun and unique ‘ped, and we think you’ll enjoy riding it as much as we do.

Mopeds enjoy special status here in California, which makes them especially attractive to own and use. Mopeds do not need yearly registration, and thus, avoid those annual fees. They also are allowed to park on sidewalks and lock up at bicycle parking.

Price (before tax): $1,760

Make: Vespa

Year: 1974

Displacement: 50cc

Inventory number: C-146

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