A star on two wheels: the Vespa

La Vespa e Gordon Mitchell

Gordon Mitchell

According to the aficionados who took on the challenge of counting its every appearance, it has graced the silver screen in almost one hundred films: Piaggio’s Vespa is one of cinema’s greatest performers, and had a splendid career especially in black and white movies from the 1950s and ’60s.

The iconic scooter designed by Corradino D’Ascanio in 1946 zoomed around the ancient capital during Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s “Roman Holiday” (directed by William Wyler), but also zigzagged from one set to the other, working with Mario Monicelli, Gene Kelly, George Lucas, Alfred Hitchcock, Marcel Carné, Federico Fellini, Steven Spielberg, Nanni Moretti, Roland Emmerich, and dozens of other filmmakers. It starred with James Stewart, Tyron Power, Linda Christian, Kim Novak, Abbe Lane, Marlon Brando…

Can you name all the celebrities that posed on this wonderful motorcycle for the photographs in our gallery?

Photos via: “The cult of Vespa”, edited by Omar Calabresi, Lupetti-Piaggio, Milan-Pontedera 1996

December 1, 2014