140 years of Piaggio: Vespa special model announced

Created by Dietrich Limper at 12:04 on April 15, 2024

Piaggio can look back on 140 years of history since its foundation in 1884 and is celebrating this special milestone with a special edition of the Vespa, which is one of the most exclusive in the history of the world-famous scooter. The Piaggio Style Centre has designed a model that is already likely to have piqued the interest of collectors. This special edition will be produced in a strictly limited series of just 140 units and will only be available during the Vespa World Days 2024, which will take place from 18 to 21 April. During this major event, which will bring together thousands of Vespa fans and national Vespa clubs from 66 countries, the anniversary Vespa can be ordered online via VESPA.COM or directly on site at the Vespa Village in Pontedera. This offers collectors worldwide the rare opportunity to acquire "one of the most coveted and valuable Vespa versions" (Piaggio). There are sure to be 140 collectors. This is what the good piece looks like:

Vespa 140th of piaggio
The special edition for Piaggio's 140th birthday

A modern Vespa with tradition: the Vespa 140th

The Vespa 140th from Piaggio, which is based on the Vespa Gtv, combines classic elegance and modern technology in an impressive way, says the manufacturer and explains: "It honours the iconic design language of the Vespa with a mixture of traditional and contemporary elements. The characteristic low Headlight Unit and exposed tubular handlebars are combined with sporty accents and state-of-the-art technology."

This anniversary edition is characterised by the colour combination of blue and light blue on a white background, the traditional colours of the Piaggio Group. These are combined with classic graphics, the new Vespa monogram and the 140th anniversary logo. The typical "Vespa tie" on the front Sign, a trademark of every Vespa, is particularly emphasised and is designed with triple Air Intakes on both sides and central Grilles. The Front Cover is also reminiscent of the racing spirit that inspired the designers of the Gtv.

The Seat is blue, with double tone-on-tone stitching and is characterised by the unmistakable single-seater look, with a wide and comfortable Single Seat. The blue rims with light blue inserts are also only available on this Model. The look of the new Vespa 140th from Piaggio is rounded off by the black paintwork of the body profiles, the mirrors, the Silencer and the folding pillion footrests. Each copy is identified by a numbered plate on the rear Sign, which also features the 140th anniversary logo.

vespa 140th of piaggio
A Vespa with elegance and history

Popular Replacement Parts for the VESPA GTV

A Vespa Gtv with just under 24 hp

The new Vespa 140th from Piaggio is powered by a 300 hpe (High Performance Engine) single cylinder with 4-valve timing, liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection. With an output of 17.5 kW (23.8 hp), it is the most powerful Engine ever installed in a Vespa ex works. The Headlight Units are entirely LED, including the characteristic lower headlight, while the instruments have retained the round shape but are now fully digital, a solution that allows the functions of the Vespa MIA connectivity system, available as an accessory, to be utilised. Convenience and practicality are to be emphasised by the introduction of the keyless system, which allows the Ignition to be switched on without a traditional key. In terms of safety, the Vespa is equipped with ASR electronic traction control and the ABS anti-lock braking system as standard.

That's a lot of information about this Vespa for its 140th anniversary. What we don't know yet is what price Piaggio will be asking for this Gtv. And we are curious to see whether the Vespa will be sold out in the four days. So if you have any savings left, you can splash out on this very special Vespa. Let us know if you were able to get hold of a model.

Video: Vespa World Days 2023 - Interlaken, Switzerland

Dietrich Limper
Dietrich Limper

Dietrich Limper works as an editor for SIP Scootershop and also writes for local and national publications. When he's not geocaching, he enjoys the amazing antics of Bayer Leverkusen.