Scooter: A Brief History

Scooter was invented in 1947. It was initially made as an alternative to a low-cost vehicle in a war-ravaged Europe. It was first presented in a form of the trike, or a tricycle, and was deemed to be the troop that would transport masses easily from place to place. Ever since the release, transportation became one of the world’s huge phenomena back then. It didn’t come out pretty much as a culture shock without a reason, though. Never have any human imagined about handy transportation that would have the ability to load people and stuff with such a reliable machine and figure. That’s exactly how a scooter could become people’s favorable transportation, and indeed a cultural icon.

The Origin of Tricycle

Before being presented as a two-wheeler, fancy troop like ones we see it by now, a Vespa was meant to be a trike, or a three-wheeler, after all. It was The Vespa, originally derived from the word “wasp” in Italian, which was invented by Enrico Piaggio. It was his determination, too, that brought him to a huge success in offering new transportation that acted as another option aside from an automobile or a classic car. Enrico did some researches on how to make his plan and dream production came true. After it all happened, his last name was deemed as the brand name of his creation.

Vespa Piaggio was made in 1884 in Genoa. At the end of the century, he tried to produce rail carriages, vans, coaches, engines, and truck bodies. World War I actually had shifted his company mainly, as it started to also produce aero-planes and sea-plans. Finally, after World War II, the iconic Vespa was birth. Piaggio made the decision in rebuilding the company and, literally, the plant of transportations he’d been previously making, were due to social and economic considerations. The effort reached the light eventually as transportation like the Vespa was felt very comfortable to ride on and carry in times like the post-war.

The Origin of Scooter

A scooter was produced initially for a small-sized motorcycled used for parachutists. The first name that was given to the vehicle was MP5, and it was named after Paperino, Donald Duck’s Italian name. Many believed that its shape was so strange like the animated Donald Duck. As a major founder and builder of the iconic Vespa Piaggio, the first form of a motorcycle scooter didn’t meet Piaggio’s liking. Therefore, he asked Corradino D’Ascanio to take the charge in redesigning it.

D’Ascanio didn’t the like bulky appearance of the motorcycle scooter as well. With his background in aeronautics, he tried to find every solution to the problems he found. He tried to dismiss the chain that appeared along the body of the vehicle and thought of something more impressive to make them look better and the ride felt more comfortable. He also applied more effective components to the tires and body, so that a more exclusive experience could be achieved by the rider at the end. A used-to-be ugly trike ever since had turned into a nice-looking, iconic scooter until then.