We have been favored this weekend with photos of both Tam and Roberta X seated inside a cute little Vespa 400 — not simultaneously, I hasten to add — which prompted me to take a peek under this carlet’s not-exactly-oversized
The teensy mill is an I2, 63 x 63 mm, around 393 cc, hence the “400” tag. It’s a two-stroke, with all the irritations of that breed, less one: later examples have a separate oil reservoir, and would attempt to mix the oil and gas together on the fly, saving the driver a little bit of work. The suspension, remarkably, was independent at all four corners, with coil springs all around; there was even an anti-roll bar up front. A contemporary test by a British magazine came up with a top speed of just under 52 mph; 0-40 (forget 60) was a stately procession of 24 seconds, or about what I tend to expect from someone in front of me climbing one of Oklahoma’s idiotically short onramps.
From the Art for Art’s Sake department, here is an example of a car bringing back memories you never actually had:
“She was so pretty,” he mused.