Vespa and Lambretta remain the two most iconic motor scooter brands, even four decades after the latter's demise. But what made them such a European sensation in the postwar era? And why were they particularly popular in Britain in the 1950s and '60s? Motor scooter expert Stuart Owen explains the rise of Innocenti's Lambretta and Piaggio's Vespa, from the wartime ruins of Italy, through years of plenty as the two manufacturers exploited a ready market for affordable, economic transport, and then their decline into more uncertain times as motor cars trespassed on their success. He also explores the rich history of accessorising and customising the scooters, their essential role in the mod movement, and the revival in Vespa's fortunes following the release of the cult film Quadrophenia.
Bloomsbury Publishing; February 2019
- ISBN: 9781784423162
- Edition: 1
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Vespa and Lambretta Motor Scooters
Series: Shire Library
- Author: Stuart Owen
Imprint: Shire Publications
About The Author
Stuart Owen has written more than two hundred regular features for Scootering Magazine and in 2017 he published his first book on the history of the Lambretta. He has been involved in the scooter industry for more than 30 years, owning both Lambrettas and Vespas and running a business to cater for them.