Monday, December 19, 2011

Vespa 98 series 2 1947

The second series of the Vespa 98 (1947), of which 16,500 units were produced, included significant improvements over the preceding model, design-wise as well as in terms of technical and practical aspects.
The front mudguard no longer had a hatch opening, and it had been reduced in size to make wheel changing easier in case of a puncture, a frequent occurrence in the post-war period because of bad roads. Magazines of the period noted that potential customers had to wait eight months for their Vespa 98. This led to the creation of a flourishing black market, with Vespas being sold at as much as double their normal retail price.

Engine: Two-stroke single cylinder engine.
Horizontal cast iron with press-fit cylinder in iron and light alloy head.
Bore: 50 mm
Stroke: 50 mm
Displacement: 98 cc
Top speed: 60 km/h
Suspension: elastic with spiral steel springs on the front wheel and rubber buffers for the rear wheel Brakes: drums Tires: 3.50-8



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