It doesn’t seem like all that long ago when we were celebrating with Vespa their 70th anniversary, but now in 2021 the Italian scooter maestro’s are celebrating their Semisesquicentennial with a series of special Primavera and GTS models.
For the 75th anniversary models, Vespa has created a special metallic yellow paint they’re calling “Giallo 75th”. Developed as a contemporary interpretation of hues in vogue in the 1940s, the colour evokes the heritage and funky style Vespa is known for.
The side panels and front mudguard display the number 75 in a slightly stronger shade, creating an elegant tone-on-tone effect, which is repeated on the front of the scooter, where the traditional “tie” is an opaque pyrite yellow.
There’s also a special nubuck leather saddle in smoke grey with piping, wheel rims painted in grey with a diamond finish and a host of chrome-plated details, including the “tie” ornaments, the badge on the front mudguard, the instrument cluster surround, the muffler cover, the rear-view mirrors and, on the GTS only, the foldaway passenger footpegs.
The rear luggage rack, another distinctive feature of the Vespa 75th, is also chrome-plated: it houses a round bag that is meant to emulate a spare wheel. Made from the same velvety-soft nubuck leather in the same colour as the saddle, the bag has a shoulder strap for easy carrying, and clips on the luggage rack with a quick-release mechanism. It comes with a waterproof cover.
Like all Vespa special editions, the series is identified with a plate behind the leg shield.
While it’s harking back 75 years, the Vespa 75th hasn’t forgotten what decade it is. All versions feature a 4.3” TFT colour display, while the fully digital instrument cluster makes the best possible use of the capabilities of the Vespa MIA smartphone connectivity system.