Italian Job. The Vespa 946.

If, like me, you love the old Vespa and want to city commute Italian style, you may be interested by this new WWII-era MP6 prototype. The 946 is lightweight, using plenty of aluminum and of course featuring a very sleek design. Careful: you may want to become a MOD. It is powered by a modern single cylinder, 125cc, four-stroke engine that offers nearly 130 miles per gallon with 30 percent fewer emissions than the current Vespa models.

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11 Responses to “Italian Job. The Vespa 946.”


  1. 1 J. Semper Dec 2nd, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Hey, Cyril. You make me want to buy a scooter.

  2. 2 Greg Dillon Dec 2nd, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Cool.

  3. 3 Semper Dec 2nd, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I could become a MOD on this one.

  4. 4 bigitch Dec 2nd, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    this won’t go over to those old schoolers who diss all the aluminum on customs now.

    but if you customize it don’t you become a rocker.

  5. 5 GuitarSlinger Dec 2nd, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    > bigitch -Nope – To be a ‘ Rocker ‘ you had to ride an M/C . Preferably a big twin of one kind or another . Think Gene Vincent and you’ll have the right ‘ Rocker ‘ picture . Scooters defined you as a ‘ Mod ‘ And yes the true ‘ Mod ‘ modified ( hence where the moniker came from ) the heck out of their scooters .

    As to the Vespa . A lotta cool in a tiny package . ” Quadrophenia ” here I come . So … can you see the real me ? 😉

  6. 6 SIGFREED Dec 3rd, 2012 at 8:45 am

    The scooter may have been ‘light’ on gas consumption, but the protagonists of the ‘MOD’ movement certainly were not, on alpha-methylphenethylamine consumption. Shall we christen her “purple heart”..?

    PS:

    Trust the Italians to make even a scooter cool enough to be the locus of a sub-culture.

  7. 7 Boss Hawg Dec 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Great…goitta love it.

    To those of you here that have owned Cushman’s, Mustang’s or Vespa’s you really have to appreciate the Italians and their craftsmanship here and the whole scooter experience.

    Boss Hawg

  8. 8 The Vintagent Dec 3rd, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Actually, the term ‘Mod’ came from their self-description as ‘Modernists’, as in, they dressed in the modern clothing of the 1960s; slim suits, sharp shoes, Ben Sherman turtlenecks. They did indeed add accessories to their scooters (mirrors and lights), but rarely ‘modified’ them in the way we think now – no raked forks, no ‘naked’ scooters, no altered panels. They did heat up the motors occasionally, but basically, their Vespas and Lambrettas were kinda perfect city tools as-is.

  9. 9 bigitch Dec 3rd, 2012 at 2:17 pm
  10. 10 bobs56 Dec 3rd, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Love the look of the classic Italian scooters and would def drive one …IF I lived in the crowded narrow streets of an Italian town/city. Can’t see myself using them in typical N. American citys with their 4 lane higer speed boulevards and avenues.

  11. 11 CafeSportyTC Dec 4th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    My wife and I are motorcycle people, and when she saw this she said ” uh yea…NO!” but they are cool, bet they are fun, perfect for the city, just not for us lol

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