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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Getting to know a Piaggio's classic microcar

Perhaps not everyone knows that Piaggio is today famous with two-wheeled vehicles, especially scooters also have produced the cars.

Yes, Piaggio officially introduced its first car named the 'Vespa 400' in 1957. And then began to be marketed in 1959. There are approximately 20 thousand cars have been produced in the first two years. And the Vespa 400 officially discontinued in 1961.
1959 Vespa 400 microcar. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1f3R0m)
One of the total units produced are found in France, then by its owner was sent to the United States. Now a small car that is on the eBay auction site with an opening bid of US. $1,500 or Rp.19 million.

As quoted from Motor1, for the consumers who wish to buy directly without following the bidding process, the eBay has set the selling price of US. $39,975 or approximately Rp.519 million.
Interior view of 1959 Vespa 400 microcar. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1f3R0m)
It was also reported that the Vespa 400 was so appealing because there is no rust or dents on the body. All the features available in the cabin is still working well, but the chair looks dull because they age.
Rear side view of 1959 Vespa 400 microcar. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1f3R0m)
These 56 years old car is equipped with an air-cooled two-cylinder engine capable of producing maximum power up to 13 hp and has a top speed of 83.4 kilometers per hour. Although its status as an old car but only used as far as 8,000 kilometers.

Both of the engine, brakes, suspension, and wheels are still normally functioning the same as a new car out of the factory. And the seller also said that the Vespa 400 is always undergoing regular maintenance. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | EBAY | MOTOR1]
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