The original Fiat 500 was so called because it was powered by a rear-mounted 500cc two-cylinder engine. Back in ’50s Europe though, you could go even smaller.
This is the Vespa 400, so called because – you’ve guessed it – it was powered by a rear-mounted 400cc two-cylinder engine, which came from a Piaggio motorcycle.
Said powerhouse afforded the 400 a top speed of just over 50mph (if you mixed the oil with the fuel correctly as it was two stroke), and like the 500 it could just about fit four people inside and featured a convertible canvas roof incase they were wearing tall hats.
This rather lovely Model Team recreation of the Vespa 400 comes from previous bloggee monstermatou, who has constructed it only from the parts found within the Creator Expert 10271 Fiat 500 set.
Things always sound cooler in Italian. This glorious 1960s gas station comes from Master MOCer Andrea Lattanzio aka Norton74. It’s a mini-figure scale replica of one of AGIP’s modernist gas stations that were built across Italy, with curved glass walls, sloping roofs, and a six-legged dog on a stick in the forecourt. Andrea has recreated the structure beautifully, including all the paraphernalia to be found in at Italian gas station in the ’60s, plus a superb period-correct OM Leoncino tanker. There’s a whole lot more of the build to see at Andrea’s Flickr album by clicking this link, plus you can read his interview here at TLCB as part of the Master MOCer series via the link in the text above.
This might be the most Italian thing we’ve ever seen. This beautiful scene complete with two of Italy’s most iconic vehicles, the Vespa scooter and the Fiat 500, comes from the very Italian-sounding Gabriele Zannotti and the, er… Greek-sounding Zeto Vince. Whatever, this could only be more Italian with the addition of a pretty girl, and there’s more to see of this excellent collaboration at Gabriele Zannotti’s photostream – click here to take a look.
Is there anything prettier than a girl on a Vespa?* Nope. Not unless you’re the new White House Press Secretary (whereby the prettiest thing ever witnessed is President Donald Trump, period). Previous bloggee ZetoVince may not have built a girl to accompany his Vespa, but his Lego recreation of the iconic Italian scooter is absolutely gorgeous. There’s more to see of this beautiful model on Flickr, where you can also vote for it to become an official LEGO set via LEGO Ideas – click the link above to go for a ride.
*We’ve done the research, see here. And here. And here. Blogging is tough sometimes.
After appearing here numerous times over the years with his large scale workshop scenes, Flickr’s Norton74 has decided to build a little smaller with this charming mini-figure scale Vespa workshop, complete with some beautifully detailed tooling. We don’t know much about Italian motorcycles, but if they’re anything like Italian cars those mini-figure mechanics are going to be kept busy. There’s more to see of Norton’s workshop at his photostream – click the link above to book a service.
We have a penchant for fast and loud vehicles here at The Lego Car Blog, but we do also like more humble transportation. The motorcycle is the world’s most popular powered vehicle and Italian manufacturer Vespa are one of the most famous and iconic brands in the marketplace. This wonderful replica of their little P200 scooter comes from Lego-building masterminds Avro Brothers, and it could only be more beautiful if there were an attractive Italian girl riding it. There’s more to see on Flickr at the link above, ciao!
We’re basically larger, hairier children here at TLCB Towers, and as such we usually post vehicles with a million horsepower, or guns, or racing stripes. And if possible with all three. Today though we’re posting something surprisingly small*, and possibly even a little elegant – the infamous classic Vespa scooter.
Flickr’s Norton74 has appeared here several times before, more recently with his beautiful Volkswagen garage. He’s now re-purposed this previous build to replicate his own Officina Super Sprint Vespa Workshop that he owns in real-life, and it’s possibly even more lovely than before. One of his Volkswagen Transporters even makes a re-appearance too.
There’s a whole gallery to enjoy on at Norton74’s photostream, click the link above to take the trip.
Another day in the office and another Elf sits happily munching a yellow Smartie, whilst fending off its envious colleagues with a bit of Technic. It has just returned with this lovely, brick-built Vespa scooter by Pascal (Pasukaru76). Click this link to Flickr for a closer look.
It’s a sunny weekend here at TLCB Towers and because we want to go outside we’re going to double-up a post by rolling two two-wheeled finds together and pretending it was planned all along. First up is this spacey Vespa-ish scooter from Karf Oohlu on Flickr, on which the wheels might just be the cleverest things we’ve ever posted.
The second two-wheeled creation comes from fellow Flickr user – and a TLCB newcomer – Buster, who’s built the Segway from hell by combining the aforementioned Presidential wheels with what looks like a tank and an iPod. See more of each vehicle via the links above.