People understand motorbike traveling; some even know a little about motorbike history. But it is not everyone who knows about how the scooter came to be. Its story is simple and originates from World War 2.
World War 2 drives innovation
The war took its toll on the nations and their people. Gas was in short supply, automobiles were expensive, but people still needed an economical and easy way to get to their destinations.
The scooter’s story began in 1947 as Europe was recovering from the effects of the war. Enrico Piaggio saw the need for low-cost transportation, and he set about bringing his dream of a motorized scooter to reality. He had to redesign his manufacturing plants to get them ready to build the scooter.
Creativity at work
But first, he had to redesign it. That task was given to Corradino D’Ascanio, a former aeronautical engineer. Mr. D’Ascanio did not like the motorcycle or its design. When he started to work on the scooter, he made vast changes, correcting what he thought were problems with the motorcycle.
Everything he did was done to make owning a new scooter a lot easier. From wheel changing to removing the chain to seating was altered by Mr. D’Ascanio to make repair work simple and less time-consuming.
The design was so good that the scooter was put into production right away in 1946. Only around 2,500 models were put on sale at first, but these sold so well that each year Enrico Piaggio had to raise production targets. By 1953 the company was producing over 170,000 scooters.
The scooter, called the Vespa, will go down in motorbike history for making motorbike traveling fun, accessible to thousands of people and for its economical design