Vespa is an Italian
brand of scooter manufactured by Piaggio.
The name means wasp in Italian.
The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946
by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.
From their inception, Vespa scooters have been known for their painted,
pressed steel unibody which combines a complete cowling for the engine
(enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease),
a flat floorboard (providing foot protection),
and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection) into a structural unit.