This scooter is significant because it is from one of the very first years of Vespa production. Piaggio made the first Vespa in 1946, and really began production in 1947. So as a 1948 model, this one is very early in the production. This scooter is from early in the production year, with a “V1” frame number. These early Vespas are known as rod models because they use a solid rod linkage from the handlebar to the motor to operate the gear change mechanism. The system operated well, but as you might imagine, was somewhat complicated. There are many linkage points, as well as a gear system in the handlebar. After 1950, Piaggio switched to a cable operated system, which could be hidden inside the frame and was much less complicated to manufacture and adjust. This scooter’s rod linkage system is a little bit different than those that were produced later in ‘48, which is notable at the mechanism at the rear of the floorboards.

These early Vespas are extremely rare in the US, as Piaggio would not begin sales here for several more years. These have some other interesting design features, most notably the ridge on the body frame below the seat that really emphasizes the curve of the body. The cut-away motor cowling is also very attractive and typical of the early scooters. The early Vespas did not yet have shocks on the front fork. This scooter has a very cool accessory friction dampener attached to the front fork, which is extremely rare in itself. It also has a rare gas gauge built into the accessory gas cap - another amazing accessory. There are so many interesting details on these very early scooters. It is hard to overstate how rare this scooter is. There are very few Vespas this old remaining anywhere. This one is in superb condition and will be a great addition to a serious vehicle collection.

Price (before tax): $ 28,650

Make: Vespa

Year: 1948

Displacement: 125cc

Inventory number: BM-238


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