Founded by Rinaldo Piaggio in 1884, Piaggio initially produced locomotives and railway carriages.
Piaggio makes bombers
Piaggio is commissioned by the Italian government to supply their air force with bomber aircraft.
The Vespa (Wasp) is born
Aeronautical engineer, Corradino D’Ascanio sold the design he was working on for an inexpensive scooter to Piaggiocalled the Vespa.
Vespas shipped to Canada
Vespas were shipped to North America via navy ships when sailors were posted and/or docked in Italy. They ended up in cities across Canada.
The Mod Scene
Mods were smart dressers with the latest Italian suits and shoes. Some started buying Vespas to be able to get around to Mod clubs and events.
Super Cruisaire Allstate
Sears brought in a few Vespas in 1952 as a test of the market. These sold so well that Sears decided to begin full scale sales. The Sears Vespas were dubbed the "Super Cruisaire Allstate" and were sold from 1952 to 1967. The last year of sales in 1966-67 the Allstate was simply called the "Sears" scooter.
The Second Mod Movement
The Mod Revival came about with the release of The Who’s film Quadrophenia set in the heyday of the Mod scene in England 1964-65.
Many Vespa shops close across North America
Piaggio leaves the North American market due to strict American emission laws. Closing some shops across Canada and the USA.
Many owners are left with out mechanical support.
A UK scooter magazine started publishing in the early 80’s, called Scooter Scene with ads for scooter shops that sold parts internationally.
Keeping the spirit alive
Vancouver and Toronto were the major cities with the larger populations of Vespa owners were keeping the Vespa spirit alive.
The Canadian Scooter Corp is formed
The Canadian Scooter Corp was created and started opening up shops across Canada. These shops sold various models which were quieter and automatic.
New and vintage Vespas on the road