The Piaggio Vespa 400: a four-wheel starlet

Journalist Jean-Louis Marzorati probably gave the best ever description of the Piaggio Vespa 400 in his book “C’était les anneés 50” (L’Archipel, Paris 2010).

The small car, manufactured by Piaggio between 1957 and 1964, in collaboration with the French ACMA (Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Automobiles) earned this comment from him: “What can we say about the Vespa 400? No, it’s not a scooter, despite being designed by Piaggio. This four-wheel starlet is almost a revelation from the 1957 Motor Show in Paris… It will target French buyers exclusively, in competition with the Fiat 500 that was launched last summer in Italy, and will be assembled in the Nièvre department. Caught by surprise, the automotive press has commented, ‘this car-toy is the prototype of the future compact cars’”.

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