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.

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. However, this particular scooter has an accessory friction damper attached, which is a rare and visually interesting accessory.

Price (before tax): $ 26,785

Make: Vespa

Year: 1949

Displacement: 125cc

Inventory number: IC-104

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