Messerschmit Vespa 1955

Vintage Vespa's & Lambretta's from the 40's to 80's
Post Reply
misha034
n00b
n00b
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:59 pm
To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Contact:

Messerschmit Vespa 1955

Post by misha034 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:23 pm

Last year I decided to buy and restore old Vespa. While ago I had one GS 150, 1956 year of build, but it was stolen some 10 years ago. Since then I always had several of them (PX200, LML Star 150 4T) but for me Vespa is old one, with round back lines.
So I bought one Messerschmith 150, built in 1955 and restore it completely. After 6 months she was back in life.

Here is history of German Vespa

SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Vespa-Messerschmitt GmbH
Origin: Augsburg, Germany
Production: 200
Motor: Piaggio 1-cyl, 2-stroke
Displacement: 145.6 cc
Power: 5.5 hp
Length: 5 ft. 6 in.

By the mid-fifties, the Vespa scooter had become a worldwide phenomenon, with one million examples having been built by 1956.

German Vespa dealers were becoming nervous as licensee Hoffmann was in financial trouble. In January 1955, Messerschmitt stood ready to take over the Piaggio license for Germany to assure an uninterrupted supply and servicing of the popular scooter. The “Augsburg Eagle” badge now graced the leg shield.

At first, the company assembled their scooters entirely from Italian parts, but by the next year, all components, including body stampings, were of German manufacture, except for the motors. To save import tax, all speedometers, lights, saddles, and tires came from local suppliers.

Two models were produced side by side, the 150 Touring, with a 5.5 horsepower motor, and the 150 Grand Sport, with an 8 horsepower motor giving 60 mph. Both models shared the same chassis

The Touring models were upgraded three times, of which only 200 were made before Messerschmitt pulled out, and the factory continued as Vespa-Augsburg at the end of 1957.
Attachments
IMG_20180907_130113.jpg
IMG_20180907_130113.jpg (1.7 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMG_20180907_130106.jpg
IMG_20180907_130106.jpg (1.54 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMG_20180907_125006.jpg
IMG_20180907_125006.jpg (2.3 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMG_20180602_155328.jpg
IMG_20180602_155328.jpg (2.11 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMG_20180429_121102.jpg
IMG_20180429_121102.jpg (1.8 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMG_20180429_113854.jpg
IMG_20180429_113854.jpg (1.9 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMG_20180409_165632.jpg
IMG_20180409_165632.jpg (2 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMG_20180405_114402.jpg
IMG_20180405_114402.jpg (2.06 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMAG2023.jpg
IMAG2023.jpg (3.38 MiB) Viewed 9911 times
IMAG2025.jpg
IMAG2025.jpg (2.74 MiB) Viewed 9911 times

misha034
n00b
n00b
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:59 pm
To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Contact:

Re: Messerschmit Vespa 1955

Post by misha034 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:25 pm

and one from above
Attachments
IMG-0516c98551575262acb08dd1baf6b4ff-V.jpg
IMG-0516c98551575262acb08dd1baf6b4ff-V.jpg (85.43 KiB) Viewed 9910 times

Lancer21
n00b
n00b
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:05 am
To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Contact:

Re: Messerschmit Vespa 1955

Post by Lancer21 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:57 am

Sorry if I'm doing some slight necroposting for my first post on this forum, but I've always found it fascinating, as a huge fan of aviation history, that so many WW2 combat plane manufacturers - Piaggio, Messerschmitt, Heinkel - all reconverted themselves into the light transport industry, with scooters, compact cars etc. And this model is magnificent, although if I were the one riding it, I'd be afraid to drive it in summer, lest I burn my legs on the scalding hot aluminium surfaces :lol:

User avatar
flybd5_juan
Throttle Master
Throttle Master
Posts: 336
Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:18 pm
To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Contact:

Re: Messerschmit Vespa 1955

Post by flybd5_juan » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:35 am

That is one beautiful little machine. You've done a fine job. :)

Many factories convert to wartime production and then retool back to civilian products when the war ends, if the factory is still around...
A black hole marks the spot <insert imaginary deity here> divided by zero.

Lancer21
n00b
n00b
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:05 am
To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Contact:

Re: Messerschmit Vespa 1955

Post by Lancer21 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:16 am

Of course they'd retool for peace time production, but I've always found it interesting that they all rushed for the scooter/compact car market instead of doing, I don't know, agricultural planes, laundry machines, trucks, literally anything else. Of course, there's a non-negligible factor in the fact that it was a new industry for them to convert their production line to, while other markets were already occupied by other producers that were there before the war, but still, there were many new consumer products after WW2.

User avatar
flybd5_juan
Throttle Master
Throttle Master
Posts: 336
Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:18 pm
To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Contact:

Re: Messerschmit Vespa 1955

Post by flybd5_juan » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:24 pm

It is not that hard to understand. They retooled for what the market wanted and could afford. Europe was devastated and most people could not afford cars, but they needed transportation and could afford scooters.

BTW, did you restore this one to keep or to sell?
A black hole marks the spot <insert imaginary deity here> divided by zero.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest