April 14, 2008


This engine-less Piaggio Ape is ending its days in Barcellona, Sicily.

The Ape was essentially a three wheeled Vespa and immediately became a hit after its launch in, correct me if I'm wrong, 1948. It was loved by small merchants of all kinds for its versatility and economy. It initially featured the Vespa's 50cc monocylinder but over the years it's been available with all sorts of engines, including a diesel. The Ape (which means "bee" in Italian, nothing to do with a primate) is still in production today and one can acquire a new example for about €3,000.

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