Does anyone recall the Vespa Cannon variant, which had a 57mm cannon under the seat and through the leg shield. According to Coys, it was not just all show; infact the cannon mounted was operational. Coy writes:
“Messina has been the site of many historical battles over the centuries guarding, situated as it is in the straits between Sicily and the Italian mainland. From the Carthaginians in 280 B.C. right up to the invasion of the Nazi ground and sea troops in the Second World War, this area has been fought over almost constantly. It is little surprise then that the rough terrain needed blue sky thinking when it came to defending towns and the more inaccessible parts of the island.”
“For quick decisive incursions, Vespa was the ideal vehicle. Reliable, maneuverable and cheap, all that was required was a little armorment. As can be seen on this example, a small cannon was incorporated into the front cowling with additional rocket propelled grenades attractively presented in a wicker basket. Stabilizers were used during firing and all was presented in khaki green. Stored for the last 30 years in a Messina military camp, this Militare is in completely original condition with the exception of the cannon that has been de-activated”
Coys will be putting this blower of a Vespa under the hammer at Monaco auction. A pre-estimate price for the Vespa is around $16,000 to $20,000. Not a lot for a scooter that can clear roads for you in an instant.