1959 Vespa 400 / 018831 Chassis Information

Convertible
Chassis Num: 018831
Piaggio, funded 1884 as a shipbuilder, was before and through WWII one of Italy's biggest airplane manufacturer. Forced by the Marshall Plan, the company changed production to the Vespa motor scooter and the Ape three wheel light truck in the late forties. Both models became extremely successful and were soon recognized as true icons of the Italian road culture of the 1950s and 1960s.

Approximately 34,000 Vespa 400 cars were produced in France from 1957 through 1961 (they were designed by Italians and built by Frenchmen). The Vespa 400 premiered at the Paris Auto Salon in 1957. Its main competition was the Citroen 2 CV and the Renault 4. Of those, approximately 1,650 were imported into the United States. The price was $1,080 FOB NY, NY. The Vespa has a 5-feet, 7-inches wheelbase and an overall length of 9-feet, 5-inches with a turning radius under 25-feet. The engine is a 2-cylinder, 2-cycle, air-cooled unit producing about 20 horsepower. It has rack-and-pinion steering and 4-wheel (10-inch) independent suspension. The front panel is a pull-out drawer housing the battery. In the same area is the master cylinder with it's unique glass jar reservoir. The Vespa car features suicide doors with sliding windows and a roll-down convertible top. Although small in size, a tall person can easily be accommodated with the adjustment of the seat.

This car won it's AACA 1st Junior at the 2005 National Spring meet in Greensburg, PA and it's AACA Senior Award at the 2005 National Fall Meet in Jeffersonville, IN. It was designed by Carradino d'Ascanio for the Piaggio company and built by ACMA (Ateliers de construction de motorcycles et d'automobiles), which was better known for its popular Vespa motor scooters).

Today, Piaggio is still the world's biggest scooter manufacturer - and still make the Ape three wheel truck. And still the engines are tiny: Even after 65 years of production the smallest commercial vehicle starts with a 2.4 horsepower 50cc two-stroke while the 218cc 'big block' puts on 9.5 horsepower, and the Diesel version with 422cc and 12.2 horsepower.

Chassis# 018831

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Vespa 400 Cabrio
Sold for $26,950
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 

No Sale

1959 Vespa 400's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Piaggio/acma Vespa 400176272016 Barons : Annual Christmas Classic Sandown Park   
1959 VESPA 400 2016 Coys Techno Classica $7,000$9,000
1959 Vespa 400 Cabrio 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$19,500  

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