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Founded by Rinaldo Piaggio in 1884, Piaggio initially produced locomotives and railway carriages. During World War I the company focused on producing airplanes.During World War II the company produced fighter planes, but Piaggio emerged from the conflict with its Pontedera plant completely demolished by bombing. Italy's crippled economy and the disastrous state of the roads did not assist in the re-development of the automobile markets. Enrico Piaggio, the son of Piaggio's founder Rinaldo Piaggio, decided to leave the aeronautical field in order to address Italy's urgent need for a modern and affordable mode of transportation. The idea was to design an inexpensive vehicle for the masses.

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1953 Piaggio Scooter, 125c Piaggio Scooter Along with Lambretta The Piaggio built Vespa transported an entire generation of Italians in the post war period...the hitherto humble scooter went on to become part of popular British youth culture and was a favourite transport of the fashion concious Mods.......countless models and incarnations have been built over the years yet this beautiful early version really does encapsulate the Italian style and charm of that bygone era from almost 60 years ago.
1968 Piaggio Ape 500 1968 Piaggio Ape 500 175cc.

The Piaggio Ape (pronounced "ah-peh" - Italian for bee, vespa meaning "wasp") is a three-wheeled light commercial vehicle built by Piaggio. The Ape was first built in 1948. The vehicles comes in various configurations such as van, pickup and autorickshaw (Tuk-tuk). The Ape is produced in India by Piaggio India, and a similar vehicle is manufactured by Bajaj Auto.

The Ape is a common sight in Italy where its compact size allows it to navigate narrow city streets and park virtually anywhere. It's also often seen at the roadside where the load area is used as an impromptu market stall by farmers.

The first Apes were essentially 125cc or 150cc and more recently 175cc Vespa scooters fitted with twin rear wheels and a load platform above them. Later models added a cab around the driver. Performance is suited to the job, with good torque for hills, but a low top speed (irrelevant in cities), and Apes are customarily driven as close as possible to the curb to allow traffic to pass.

1968 Piaggio Ciao 1° 1968 Piaggio Ciao 1°