Wed May 15, 2019 12:21 pm

Hooked
2011 GTV-300ie Touring
Joined: 12 Aug 2016
Posts: 345
Location: Bishop, CA
 
Hooked
2011 GTV-300ie Touring
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Posts: 345
Location: Bishop, CA
Wed May 15, 2019 12:21 pm linkquote
Vespa 400 car, (1958, I think) at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento

I've always wanted to see one up close and personal. It's a tiny little thing, and boasts a whopping 14 horsepower engine. Top speed is a blazing 50-55mph, and takes 25 seconds to get there...

But, it's an adorable car. My wife thought so, anyway. I'll bet it's a kick to drive.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting enough to snap some photos, and share it with y'all.
Wed May 15, 2019 1:10 pm

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GTS 300 Super
Joined: 13 Sep 2017
Posts: 998
Location: West Sacramento, CA
 
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GTS 300 Super
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Posts: 998
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Wed May 15, 2019 1:10 pm linkquote
PM next time you plan on coming to town!
Wed May 15, 2019 2:15 pm

Hooked
2011 GTV-300ie Touring
Joined: 12 Aug 2016
Posts: 345
Location: Bishop, CA
 
Hooked
2011 GTV-300ie Touring
Joined: 12 Aug 2016
Posts: 345
Location: Bishop, CA
Wed May 15, 2019 2:15 pm linkquote
Sacto Monkeyboy wrote:
PM next time you plan on coming to town!
Will do. My wife got tix to Antiques Roadshow, so we went to that (it was at the Crocker Art Museum), and after we got done with that, we hit the Auto Museum. Had to pick up our daughter returning home from college the next morning in Reno, so it was a whirlwind trip. Maybe next time.
Thu May 16, 2019 3:27 am

Molto Verboso
2016 Sprint S 150, 2016 Sprint 150, 2006 GTS 250, 2006 GTS 250, 2012 GTS 300, 1974 Vespa 150 Super
Joined: 21 Oct 2016
Posts: 1050
Location: Vermont
 
Molto Verboso
2016 Sprint S 150, 2016 Sprint 150, 2006 GTS 250, 2006 GTS 250, 2012 GTS 300, 1974 Vespa 150 Super
Joined: 21 Oct 2016
Posts: 1050
Location: Vermont
Thu May 16, 2019 3:27 am linkquote
Thanks for posting the pics. What an adorable car!
Thu May 16, 2019 7:53 am

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Looking
Joined: 18 Feb 2019
Posts: 190
Location: Tampa
 
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Looking
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Posts: 190
Location: Tampa
Thu May 16, 2019 7:53 am linkquote
The ragtop is handy because your head is going to be sticking out!
Thu May 16, 2019 2:28 pm

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'64 Motovespa 150S (177) , '66 Allstate SF, '65 VBB, '66 180SS
Joined: 27 Mar 2013
Posts: 924
Location: S.Salem, NY
 
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'64 Motovespa 150S (177) , '66 Allstate SF, '65 VBB, '66 180SS
Joined: 27 Mar 2013
Posts: 924
Location: S.Salem, NY
Thu May 16, 2019 2:28 pm linkquote
There was on at a local car thing recently that was in the bed of a 1/2 ton pickup. It fit in there, but with no room to spare
Fri May 17, 2019 4:53 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 8089
Location: Victoria, Australia
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 8089
Location: Victoria, Australia
Fri May 17, 2019 4:53 pm linkquote
My friend had one, this a picture from when he sold it a few months ago. He had to be careful where he took it because it was so slow.



Fri May 17, 2019 5:17 pm

Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 3475
Location: Nashville
 
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 3475
Location: Nashville
Fri May 17, 2019 5:17 pm linkquote
Re: Vespa 400 - Finally saw one at the Auto Museum in Sacram
biffnix wrote:
[url=https://imgur.com/gallery/vS1QhRd]boasts a whopping 14 horsepower engine. Top speed is a blazing 50-55mph, and takes 25 seconds to get there...
Nothing that couldn't be hot-rodded out a little. Throw a better top end on there, a little porting, tuned pipe and upsize the carb, it's ready for the Interstate.
Fri May 17, 2019 7:26 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 8089
Location: Victoria, Australia
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 8089
Location: Victoria, Australia
Fri May 17, 2019 7:26 pm linkquote
Goetz could not get anything like that speed out of it, and he's been working professionally on Vespas for 15 years at least.

There were certainly plenty of suggestions of a Hyabusa engine which would fit very nicely in there!
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